On August 24, 2016, the Federal Council opened consultation procedures for an amendment to the hunting act and submitted the corresponding dispatch to parliament on August 23, 2017. The new legislation provides for the regulation of populations of certain protected species if there is a risk of serious damage or a threat to humans despite preventive measures. In addition, the federal government grants the cantons extensive authority in the planning and organization of hunts. As part of the consultation process, TIR submitted a comprehensive statement (see news report from December 12, 2016; in German
), in which it stressed its opposition to the draft amendment.
In its session held on June 13, the Council of States followed many of the amendments proposed by the Federal Council. In a number of points the Council of States went even further, in particular, it decided to relax the restrictions on wolf hunting. For example, it was decided to also allow wolf hunting in the 42 areas where hunting had previously been prohibited.
TIR is disappointed that animal welfare concerns have hardly found their way into the partial amendment. In particular, TIR criticizes plans to facilitate the regulation of populations of various protected species and to shorten certain biological recovery periods which will increase the pressure on wildlife from hunting.