A victory for hunters. The price of the national hunting license is divided by two said Monday, August 27 at the Elysee, with the contours of a broader reform of the hunt. On the occasion of the second high-level meeting on hunting in six months, Emmanuel Macron, who repeatedly expressed his support for the hunt, decided to reduce the national license. from 400 to 200 euros.
However, it is only in the hands of about 10% of 1.2 million French people who hunt every year, according to the National Federation of Hunters (FNC). Far from a surprise, this decline is not a major concern for environmentalists who are worried the new management of huntable species.
At the Monday meeting the list of the first six species that will be affected by this "adaptive management" at the end of the year, including gray geese, capercaillie, turtle pigeons and black-tailed ships. . Currently the list of huntable species, mainly birds and some mammals such as wild boar, is frozen.
Controversy about huntable species
The new "adaptive management", which is being discussed for several months, is based on strengthening the collection of data on the conservation status of species and the harvest of hunters. A scientific council to be established in the autumn must inform the government the quotas to be fixed for each species concerned. Hunters hope that some protected species will eventually be hunted.
A perspective that is invoked by environmentalists who would like to see the new formula can only reduce the existing hunting quotas. Of the "64 bird species" hunted in France, "20 are on the Red List of the International Union for Nature Conservation" (IUCN), Monday convicted on BFMTV the President of the League for the protection of birds (LPO) Allain Bougrain-Dubourg, who claims the ban on hunting on all species on this list.
The reform also provides for the establishment ofa € 16 million fund managed by hunters (5 euros taken from each national license, paid by the state of 10 euros per hunter) "for concrete actions in favor of biodiversity," said in an interview figaro Secretary of State for Ecological Transition Sébastien Lecornu, leading the reform.
"First ecologists of France?"
Hunters will also have to follow a refresher course every ten years. The French Agency for Biodiversity (AFB) and the National Bureau for Hunting and Wildlife (ONCFS) will also merge, thereby pooling their resources for environmental police, including the fight against poaching and illegal hunting, he added.
While the hunting season is gradually being opened in France by the end of September, hunters are launching a major advertising campaign on Tuesday, August 28 in several major cities with the following question: "The hunters, the first ecologists of France?". Question to which they answer yes, but animal lawyers such as the Brigitte Bardot Foundation do not share their opinion.
"France can not remain the eternal red lantern of the animal state, we have to stop going to bed for the hunters!", announced Monday the organization on Twitter, while the president recently named Nicolas Hulot" trouillard "on this topic.
In the area of animal welfare, the FNC is committed to introduce it a "charter" about the controversial huntand "drowning traps" will be banned, Sebastien Lecornu assures, adding that discussions will take place on other "traditional yachts".