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New investigation! Training for hunting licences infiltrated by One Voice

New investigation! Training for hunting licences infiltrated by One Voice

Mis à jour le 24 January 2023

After preparing for the written questions in the hunting licence exam, future hunters have two half-days of training in practical exercises. Our investigators infiltrated this practical training in Occitania in the summer of 2019. On site, some future hunters handled a gun for the first time. Due to a lack of time, trainers encouraged licence candidates to take a weapon and practice at home to finish preparing for the exam on their own. On D-day, the exam has to take place on the same route as the training. Ideal conditions for inexperienced shooters to obtain their hunting licence and become a danger to their environment.

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The footage filmed by our investigators during the practical training for the exam for a hunting licence left little room for doubt: the time to practice before potentially obtaining a licence is far too short for future hunters to learn to handle a weapon safely. Especially since some were handling a gun for the first time. The tension is palpable between a trainer and a hopeful licence holder who struggles to place his finger correctly on his weapon before shooting. After having repeated the set position three times, the trainer eventually advised him to “borrow a gun” and practice the position a hundred times at home at the weekend. Encouragement to train alone before the exam, repeated by other trainers and well incorporated by hopeful licence holders, visibly worried about the speed of the training. “The route, over there, is a bit hard for me”, admitted a young 16-year-old girl at the end of the training. “Especially since it’s the first time... I am going to try to find someone who can lend me a gun so I can practice.” Impossible to know, in these circumstances, if the hopeful licence holders will practice by the rule book. In any case, 70% of them on average will obtain this licence for only €46.

Safety rules abandoned on site

Furthermore, discussions with hunters revealed routine violations of the law. “At the beginning, if we did everything that we learnt here, other hunters would say "what planet is this from?", because older hunters absolutely do not follow safety rules”, says one woman in particular. We therefore learnt that to be accepted by other hunters, new hunting licence holders must forget the safety rules they learnt already too quickly during their training. Another concern, given that 90 hunting accidents were still recorded in the 2021-2022 season.

As a reminder, our September 2022 survey with Ipsos revealed that despite a slight increase in people declaring themselves in favour of hunting, 48% of French people are still opposed to it and that, above all, 87% think that hunting poses safety issues for walkers during their walks in the countryside.

To radically reform hunting, sign our petition and let’s call on the government! Let’s ask them to put an end to this activity’s worst practices!

One Voice’s notes: the images date to the summer of 2019. With two teams having investigated up to the end of 2021, we have delayed the broadcast of certain videos to guarantee their safety. You can find the work already published below:

Translated from the French by Joely Justice

Marion Henriet
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Stella | Monday 19 December 2022

Tant que nous n'aurons pas un chef d'État digne de ce nom qui prête attention aux volontés des 3/4 du peuple français, c'est à dire la destitution de la chasse en France, nous aurons affaire à tous ces débordements de "chasseurs hors la loi" qui tirent sur tout ce qui bouge et ne tiennent aucun compte des normes de sécurité, d'où les nombreux accidents de chasse sur la population, sur les animaux domestiques et sur eux-mêmes puisqu'ils arrivent à s'entretuer.

trochu | Thursday 15 December 2022

En réponse à Fred, oui chez nous aussi ils se placent non loin des maisons, dans les champs, et sont très nombreux, et chaque coup de fusil nous fait mal car pensons à ces oiseaux et autres animaux tombés et arrachés à la vie juste "pour le plaisir de tuer", la plupart du temps personne ne s'aventure à leur dire quoi que ce soit, étant donné qu'ils se croient tout permis et supérieurs à tous. La chasse n'est qu'une horreur dans toute sa splendeur, car facile de tirer sur des animaux avec un fusil. Parfois ils se mettent le long d'une rivière et attendent les canards passer pour leur tirer dessus, que de lâcheté et lâcheté, c'est épouvantable. Il faut espérer que ce lobby soit enfin détrôné à jamais et perde de sa puissance, afin que les animaux puissent vivre en paix. Apprendre à chasser et tuer à des enfants est pire, car un enfant n'a pas de violence en lui, ce n'est que le rendre agressif car il n'a pas ce côté impulsif, destructeur et féroce en lui. Ce sont les adultes qui l'incitent à agir ainsi et c'est grave.

Nicole | Tuesday 13 December 2022

Ai-je bien lu ?(je n'ai pas écouté le son de la vidéo). Juste avant de conseiller au futur chasseur de s'entraîner, le "formateur" dit : " épaulez, TIREZ, visez" il répète ce conseil 2 fois ! Ah bon ? Il faut tirer avant de viser ? Je comprends mieux certaines erreurs...et quand est-il des connaissances des animaux, comme reconnaître un mâle dune femelle, vérifier qu'une femelle n'est pas suitée, savoir évaluer l'âge....?

fred | Tuesday 13 December 2022

Nous subissons sans cesse la présence de ces individus. Haie haute et sauvage qui sépare notre jardin/maison de la campagne, ils ne voient pas notre propriété derrière cette haie et tirent régulièrement vers cette haie, donc dans notre direction !!!! On n’en peut plus. Hyper anxiogène. Ceux à qui j’ai dit de cesser m’ont mal répondu… insultes…. Qu’on a rien à dire, ils savent ce qu’ils font …