Children may learn about wildlife from hunting groups

hunter in orange jacket with cap and dogs in pine wood

Is it right that chasseurs should be seen as wildlife experts and that la chasse is taught in schools?

Several recent news items in Connexion have prompted some thoughts about the place of hunting in French society.

Hunting is even in the news in the UK, as Theresa May has said that she is in favour of fox hunting and will allow a vote to repeal the Hunting Act, a promise which was in the 2017 Conservative manifesto.

Opinion polls continue to show that more than 80% of people think the ban should continue however, so perhaps she should hold a referendum and abide by the will of the people.

The position in France is a little different, but just as controversial. Although it is claimed that hunting with guns is the third largest leisure activity in numbers participating, there are several pressure groups campaigning against it.

Various news items suggest that the hunting lobby is fighting back however, in particular by attempting to attract young people. The background to this strategy is that the numbers signing up to a hunting association have been dropping year on year, from about 2.5million 30 years ago to around one million now. The ...

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