In November 2020, the Bernese Member of Parliament Casimir von Arx (GLP) submitted the motion "Abolition of underground hunting
" After the State Council had recommended the acceptance of the motion in June 2021, the general ban on underground hunting has now been definitively approved by the Grand Council with 79 to 64 votes. This means that in the future, underground hunting in the canton of Berne will be restricted to exceptional and clearly defined cases.
In underground hunting, specially trained dogs are sent into fox or badger burrows to drive the hunted animals out so that they can be shot by the hunters waiting outside the burrow. This often results in underground fights in which both the dog and the wild animal suffer from significant injuries or are sometimes killed. This hunting method is particularly cruel because foxes and badgers are attacked in their refuges where they raise their young.
TIR has been campaigning for the abolition of underground hunting for many years. In 2012, it published an expert report on underground hunting in volume 10 of its book series “Schriften zum Tier im Recht” (Publications on the animal in the law).