Tuesday 15 January 2019 | 85

A superficial reform to better maintain hunting?

A draft decree proposes to modify the conditions of practice for hunting with hounds, whereas 82% of French society asks for its abolition. Tradition cannot justify barbarism, it is time for France to take its responsibilities in terms of respect for animals. Let us take part in a public consultation to demand the outright abolition of this cruel and outdated practice, and not a cosmetic reform that will only perpetuate this heartless "leisure activity".

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More than a year after a deer was slaughtered at the Croix-Saint-Ouen and even though the vast majority of the country is opposed to this archaic and cruel practice, the State is submitting a draft decree modifying the 18thMarch 1982 "concerning the exercise of hunting and is aiming to limit incidents at the end of hunting close to inhabited areas".

What is in this text?

A superficial reform, even cosmetic, of hunting with hounds, horns and screams. Instead of banning it and replying to the request of 82% of the French who oppose it, the State decides to keep it away from view and "limit" by six tenths the number of dogs allowed to chase these poor targeted animals. Dogs are piled into transport boxes, into the back of vans, stored as equipment, without water or food. They don’t waste a minute in the morning ... Who cares for these dogs, used as tools to hunt and living by with the whip? 

The stag of the Croix-Saint-Ouen and the one at Pont-Sainte Maxence, the hunters who were filmed by our cameras, the hunters who were pardoned because the stags were too close to villages, finally stabbed, drowned..., an all too common practice that we have become aware of. To prohibit the hunting of an animal until the limit of housing is not enough, it is only a way to allow these morally indefensible practices to persist against the majority view, it’s not enough. It will not alleviate the suffering of these sentient beings.

Tradition cannot justify barbarism

The huntsmen revel about a book about sociology (Hunting with hounds (La Chasse à courre), its rites and stakes) that describes their practices in every detail. But sociologists do not judge. A "total social fact" does not mean that it is good or morally acceptable. Ethics and modernity must prevail over barbarism, even if it were codified! Anthropologists keep repeating: a tradition changes over time and can be abandoned. Especially if the times have changed to the point that it becomes antiquated, obsolete or old fashioned. Traditions are the roots of a society, by nature changing and not its limiting framework. 

We urge you to participate in a number of public consultations to block this ministerial draft order on hunting with hounds, which will only reinforce the practice for years again, by giving the argument to the huntsmen that they will have been "reformed". Let's ask the ministry to abolish the hunt altogether!

Jessica Lefèvre-Grave
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Comments 85

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Ninon | Thursday 28 March 2019

Le problème est très difficile à résoudre,
On y arrivera peut-être, je l' espère, mais ça risque d' être très long!
Le tout est de ne pas baisser les bras .... mais on risque de voir encore pas mal d' horreur !

Nicky | Wednesday 06 February 2019

Comment voulez-vous que cela change puisque Monsieur MACRON est du côté des "chasseurs"
et que la souffrance animale ne le concerne pas.

Ursa | Sunday 03 February 2019

Tuer un animal avec un fusil ou une dague, piéger et infliger des heures de souffrance et une mort atroce (comme avec la glu), etc... toutes ces formes de chasse sont des plaisirs malsains qui relèvent de la maltraitance. La chasse est une abomination qu'il faut abolir dans son ensemble.

explorateur | Tuesday 29 January 2019

Il est effectivement nécessaire de stopper toute forme de chasse, quelle qu'elle soit et quelle que soit sa forme: chasse à courre,-bien sûr- mais aussi toute autre façon d'assassinat d'un animal; la "tradition" n'excuse absolument rien. L'esclavage a longtemps été considéré comme une "tradition", il n'en n'a pas pour autant été maintenu dans les sociétés occidentales!Cela s'appelle une évolution et ceux qui le refuse peuvent sans doute , à mon avis, être considérés comme des "dinosaures"-eux aussi incapables d'évoluer- et ... disparus. Ce qui a permis notamment à d'autres espèces de proliférer: les mammifères. Mais, est-ce un bien ou un mal? A chacun de considérer la chose.