The government refuses to establish a day without hunting

There will be no day without hunting. In the hunting safety plan presented Monday, January 9, in Dry (Loiret), by the Secretary of State for Ecology, Bérangère Couillard, this measure expected by many associations does not appear in the list of fourteen proposals put forward by the government. The president of the National Federation of Hunters (FNC), Willy Schraen, will not have to check his prognosis, he who announced, on Franceinfo, on January 6, that, in the event of the introduction of a day without hunting per week , rurality would be with fire and blood” within five years.

A statement that makes Allain Bougrain-Dubourg, president of the League for the Protection of Birds (LPO), who denounces the absence of this measure in the government proposals. “This reaction from extreme hunting is outrageous. It is not only the “Parisian sores” who are in favor of Sunday not hunted since, in rural municipalities, 75% of people support this proposal [78 % de la totalité des personnes interrogées d’après un sondage réalisé par Ipsos pour le compte de sept associations, dont la LPO, du 13 au 14 décembre 2022 auprès de mille personnes]. President Macron believes that rurality and hunting go together, but this is false, farmers represent 4% of huntersexplains Allain Bougrain-Dubourg. The president is making a huge political mistake: he asks his ministers to be as close as possible to the citizens, but does not hear the opinion of nearly 80% of them. »

The reaction is also strong on the part of other associations mobilized against hunting. For One Voice, which is based on another survey (Ipsos, September 2022, with a thousand people), 81% of French people are for the ban on hunting for two days a week and all school holidays. “There is a huge gap between these measuring cups, which will not solve the security problem, and the expectations of the Frenchbelieves Muriel Arnal, president of the association. And a lack of understanding of the reality of hunting, a hobby that endangers the lives of people who do not practice it. »

“A democratic problem”

Faced with criticism, Bérangère Couillard defends the position. “We have decided not to retain this option of a day without hunting. It would not meet the security objective which must be applied every day. And the statistics of the OFB [Office français de la biodiversité] do not show that Sundays are more accident-prone”she explains to Worldadding that other associations of nature practitioners, such as mountain bikers or horse riders, told him “to be against a prohibition measure, fearing to be, after the hunters, also victims of future restrictions”.

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The government refuses to establish a day without hunting


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