“The illegal killing of an animal is a crime and must, therefore, be punished severely,” the statement read. “It is not possible that hunters place themselves above the law and simply get away with it too.”
The group said that Naya had “several” enemies, referring to farmers who expressed fear over their cattle when she was first sighted in the forests.
But, sharing pictures of “Belgian trophy hunters” holding up dead wolves, the group also said that Naya and her cubs were in their sights.
“At present, there is no concrete evidence of who killed Naya and her cubs, Animal Rights wants to ensure that this proof comes,” the statement read, adding that Flanders punished the killing of protected European wolves by up to 5 years imprisonment and €500,000 fines.