The campaign was launched on September 10 by an organization called One Day a Hunter, which was established in memory of Morgan Keane, 25, who was accidentally shot by a hunter while chopping wood in his backyard in the Lot in December 2020, having been “confused” for a boar.
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If it collects 100,000 signatures within six months, it will be forwarded to the Conference of Presidents, which will decide what will be debated in the Senate.
“Refuse to tolerate the intolerable”
“Morgan. A name that has joined those of Gaël, Annie, Mark, Samuel, Frank, Marcel and so many others, ”writes Un jour un hunter in the petition. “In 20 years, hunting ‘accidents’ have killed more than 400 people.
“We refuse to accept the trivialization of these incidents, which the term ‘accident’ seeks to normalize and make admissible.
“Whether they cause death, physical injury or psychological damage, it is our duty, and that of the authorities and the government, to condemn them, to face them and to refuse to tolerate the intolerable. “
One day a hunter calls for a ban on hunting in France on Wednesdays and Sundays of each week, advocating a “fair sharing of our countryside”.
The organization adds that the UK banned hunters from operating on Sundays in 1831.
The petition also calls for more stringent training processes and stronger safety regulations, which include a zone of protection around homes equal to the maximum range of weapons used.
“We demand a real control and surveillance of the weapons present in [French] territory ”, following several murders committed by individuals holding hunting licenses.
Finally, the organization added that “according to the testimonies received by [our collective], we see that the reports of victims are normally rejected or dismissed. Victims must be able to easily alert the authorities in order to denounce any abusive behavior.
He is therefore calling for tougher penalties for those involved in hunting-related incidents. “Remember that accidental death caused by a motorist is punished by up to five years in prison and a fine of € 75,000.
“In the meantime, those who cause accidental death in another way, such as hunting, can be punished up to three years in prison and a fine of € 45,000.
“How is it less reprehensible to kill someone in your garden than to kill them on the road? “
What if the petition is signed by 100,000 people?
To date (November 9), the petition has collected over 81,800 signatures.
If it reaches the 100,000 threshold, the Conference of Presidents, which brings together the leaders of the various political groups, committees and the President of the Senate, can decide to propose its terms as a bill.
It can then be debated in public session of the Senate.
Since the start of this system in January 2020, the threshold of 100,000 signatures has only been crossed by a single petition, which asked for the allocation of disabled adult disability compensation, i.e. tests to no longer take into account the income of the beneficiary’s partner or spouse.
Hunting accidents are less and less frequent in France, with stricter safety measures in place.
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The national hunting federation, the National Federation of Hunters, reports that the number of accidents has decreased by 41% compared to 1999.
However, during last year’s hunting season, there were still 136 accidents, including 11 fatalities.
All hunters are required to have a permit to conduct hunts. They also have to follow several rules, such as loading their gun only when they are firing.
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