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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on the socio-environmental importance of hunting

Philippe Loiseau, Joëlle Mélin, Marine Le Pen, Mylène Troszczynski, Steeve Briois, Dominique Bilde, Edouard Ferrand, Nicolas Bay, Marie-Christine Arnautu, Louis Aliot, Gilles Lebreton, Bernard Monot, Marie-Christine Boutonnet, Jean-Luc Schaffhauser, Dominique Martin, Jean-François Jalkh, Bruno Gollnisch

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the socio-environmental importance of hunting  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the IUCN manifesto for large carnivore conservation in Europe(1),

–  having regard to the FACE publication on combating wildlife crime(2),

–  having regard to the ‘Code de l’environnement’(3), which recognises the role of hunters in the preservation of ecosystems,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas hunters, unlike poachers, help to regulate animal populations and do not cause animal suffering;

B.  having regard to the under-recognised social and health role of hunters;

1.  Calls on the Member States to adjust the timing of hunting seasons to make them more appropriate for each species;

2.  Stresses the role of dogs in helping hunters, and calls for easier access to veterinary care and a reduction in the costs of the corresponding insurance;

3.  Calls for the establishment of centres for processing venison from individuals, as part of a rethink of the meat consumption chain and to improve health monitoring;

4.  Calls for hunting fees to be applied on a sliding scale for people who are unemployed or in financial difficulty;

5.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Council and the Member States.


International Union for Conservation of Nature (20.6.2013).


European Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation (12.5.2015).


‘Code de l’environnement’, Article L421-5.

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