Tuesday 27 March 2018 | 56

The Ministry of Ecology authorizes "silencers” for the hunters, we attack him for abuse of power

In early 2018, the Ministry of Ecological and Supportive Transition issued an order on various hunting procedures, without any mention of the ban on the use of silencers on rifles. As no public consultation has been made, and without any apparent motive for this amendment of the original text, or impact study on the matter, we consider that this decree is illegal. We file an appeal to the Council of State for abuse of power.

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The hunt kills wild animals. This human practice replaces natural predators: wolves, bears, foxes… that the human seeks out - or as of now has already succeeded - to cause their disappearance because they have competed against them in relation with the animals that they have raised for their flesh.

Hunting in France is not an activity necessary for the survival of the country's population. The number of non-human animal victims is exorbitant, but human animals are not left out either. There are about 15 people killed and 200 wounded each year; the hunters themselves, the people in their families who sometimes accompany them, walkers, nature lovers, as well as the local residents, living simply on the edge of the forest. Residents regularly suffer stray bullets or errors of judgment on the part of these human predators dressed in their khaki outfits.

For several hundred years the sound of firing has not only given the animals a chance to flee the danger, but for hunting parties to move away from each other and to also alert the simple rural hikers of their presence and to move away from these shooting areas.

Inevitably and a little annoying the hunters became deaf over time from the firing. But for this, they recommended among themselves the wearing of helmets and individual hearing protectors deemed very effective by the hunters themselves.

They argue that the silencers don’t really suppress the sound on current rifles. But this decree would allow new weapons to appear in the hands of hunters. It also gives poachers more chance to act in the shadows, and in silence, at least more discreetly than before.

The problem is even wider: by improving hunting conditions, the ministry endorses and encourages this practice, which is detrimental to the balance of the environment and is contrary to sustainable development.

Biodiversity and nature are not based on or in balance with hunting. Humans must stop adopting a domineering attitude towards the ecosystems and the animal species that surround us. We are not the kings of the Earth; we must learn to leave a place for all sentient beings living in our territories, and to integrate ourselves into this balance without disfiguring it forever.

Without public consultation, and without valid justification, the ministry issued an order permitting the use of "sound suppressors" or "silencers" on hunters' firearms. We therefore file an appeal for the abuse of power. We believe that the ministerial decree published on January 2nd 2018 does not meet any need. We go even further: for us it poses the very question of its legality; moreover, it jeopardizes the balance of the environment.

Julia Mothé
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Amandine | Friday 30 March 2018

La chasse, quelle horreur !

Rednoz81 | Friday 30 March 2018

C'est aberrant de la part du ministère de l'écologie d'autoriser les silencieux et autres moderateurs de sons ....Ça permet entre autres de tuer en silence ! Des animaux à qui on ne laisse aucun choix, il n'y a là-dedans que le désir d'être au-dessus des autres, au-dessus du droit humain... Mais pour qui se prennent-ils, au ministère de l'écologie de decider cela sans l'accord public ??! Ça démontre aussi un besoin de contrôler ce qu'on ne peut et ce qu'on ne doit pas contrôler, la nature, donc l'écosystème, dont les animaux font partie... Quelle abjection !! Mais quand évoluerons-nous ?!! Quand arriverons-nous à nous placer comme une espèce intelligente ? Assez intelligente pour réfléchir sur les conséquences d'une telle décision ?... Les braconniers seront libres de tuer comme bon leur semble, des espèces protegées et en voie d'extinction, ça me rend fou de me dire que, même au ministère de l'écologie il y a des prédateurs ... Aucunement ecolo, consciencieux, humains et responsables du bien-être de notre planète et de sa nature ...

trochu | Friday 30 March 2018

Oui absolument scandaleux et INACCEPTABLE, car un tel arrêté va une fois de plus dans le sens des chasseurs qui sont déjà bien trop soutenus et protégés par le gouvernement, je ne comprends vraiment pas comment un Ministre qui se dit "de l'écologie" puisse agir ainsi en faveur des chasseurs et contre les animaux. Un tel ministre se devrait au vu de son titre s'engager pour la cause animale dans tous domaines, protéger et défendre les animaux et non cautionner leurs traques, leurs chasses, leurs tueries avec toutes les dérives inimaginables et honteuses qu'elles comportent. je suis choquée qu'un tel ministre autorise l'utilisation des silencieux dans la chasse alors que son rôle serait plutôt de l'interdire totalement et définitivement. Le gouvernement n'a pas à soutenir et favoriser les chasseurs et donc la chasse, qui n'a rien d'éthique, rien de moral, rien de respectueux de la vie animale.

Stéphane | Friday 30 March 2018

Cet arrêté est absolument lamentable et scandaleux !
L'utilisation de siliencieux ne va laisser aucune chance aux animaux.
Et quid de la sécurité des randonneurs...