Several environmental associations have demanded that the Zunta de Galicia stop the five fox hunting championships to be held this month, once the season is over without such and counting, therefore, on dstatus report confirmed of species.
Furthermore, these associations warned that neither the junta nor the hunting associations promoted neither date nor place where these events will take place, which in their opinion are also endangers life Of those who live in the protected places and of those who go to the mountains in those days.
According to the resolution of the government of Alfonso Rueda that sets the annual hunting season, the season for killing foxes should end on january 6th, But the same criteria allow raids to be authorized even in non-working periods, and hunters often take advantage of To close out the period with those championships.
Thus, it will be held on January 7, the day after the end of the season. two provincial championships in a coruna why Ourense, will be on january 14 two others, in Lugo and Pontevedra, and three on January 21: the logo cupCChampionship of Galicia And this spain cup,
“Hunting cannot be promoted as a complete slaughter without scientific criteria“, assures Ruben Pérez Sueras, spokesman for the Franz Weber Foundation, who also emphasizes that the situation worsens because a championship is won by” who kills more“. “They’re going into the mountains to see what’s left alive now destroy it“, he argues.
Spokesman adds to danger of “filling the mountain” hundred armed men shooting Everything that goes on without prior warning to the population”.
The Weber Foundation claims the number of foxes killed last season by Zunta has not been provided. they calculate that they are an average of about 12,000 a yeara figure which coincides with that provided by Ecclesiastes n Axion, who calculates that between 2014 and 2020 they hunted 75.000 of those animals.
“The bulk removal a hunter has serious consequences represents a short-term exponential growth of further species in the trophic web that could lead to uncontrolled overpopulation,” warns that organization.
“you got beaten up not based on any studies an estimate of the population of foxes in the area, and a championship It can never be a form of control. It is not right to hide what it is in the form of management of the natural environment. leisure and business minority,” he says.
in Galicia, on a population of 2.6 million peopleare some 20,000 hunters Federal and about 35,000 licenses.
PP’s governments have defended hunting and relaxed regulations to facilitate and encourage it.
loss PP Govts In Galicia they have always defended hunting as a means of controlling the populations of various species. current environment minister angeles vazquez She declares herself in favor of this activity and assures on several occasions that it is fundamental to the conservation of the natural environment in the community.
except, Xunta has gradually made the rules more flexible. Those who regulate it, even promote it. Last time, to revise the hunting law of Galicia, with the junta’s general budget for 2023 amending the law provide free license To those above 65 years of age.
In the same standard, another amendment was included remove liability That Follow -The manner in which many hunters wait for their pieces- are protected by security personnelLet’s remember Suiras.
Ecologists believe that the Zunta will use these concessions hunting lobby as claimed in election yearbut that intentionally hidden According to Rubén Pérez Sueras, for public opinion, against hunting in general and against much of the championship such as seven that are celebrated this month,