via Associated Press
HUNT – He persists and signs. Willy Schraen, President of the National Federation of hunters, reaffirmed Monday, November 1 that “zero risk does not exist”, after the two hunting accidents “Dramatic” that occurred last week in France, while presenting its “apologies”.
“Obviously, these dramatic accidents are very bad, I apologize”, he said in an interview with South Radio, evoking a “small law of series”. “There is no such thing as zero risk, that’s how it is”. “There are very few accidents of this kind in a year, they are very rare” and especially when the victims are “non-hunters”, added the president of the Federation.
The boss of the hunters had made similar comments on October 29 on BFMTV. “I want to get closer to absolute zero (…) except that we are human beings and that we all make mistakes,” he said.
“No hunting, no death”
A position that had then shocked several political figures. “A simple solution: no hunting, no death”, had tweeted the elected environmentalist of Paris David Belliard.
“Perhaps the best argument for days without hunting, safe from armed human beings”, for his part wrote Guillaume Gontard, the president of the environmental group in the Senate.
“The risk nevertheless increases significantly when you have a loaded rifle and you press the trigger,” said the deputy mayor of Creil Thierry Brochot ironically. There must be statistics on that … ”.
The risk still increases significantly when you have a loaded rifle and you pull the trigger.
There must be statistics on that … https://t.co/FPojno5UMG
– Thierry Brochot (@TBrochot) October 30, 2021
About the accident that occurred on Saturday, October 30 near Rennes, where a motorist was seriously injured by a hunter – he is currently in hospital between life and death – Willy Schraen expressed his surprise at the trajectory of the bullet which “ricocheted”, “crossed hedges” and “has not been found”. “I just hope it’s the hunter’s ball,” he said.
a another hunting accident happened last week: a walker was injured by a hunter’s shot while walking on a path, Thursday in Haute-Savoie.
The number of accidents in France has fallen a lot, assured Willy Schraen: “In twenty years, we have divided by four all accidents, whether fatal or bodily”, he said.
Jadot’s proposals are “stupid”
Willy Schraen also described as “stupid” the proposals made Friday by the EELV presidential candidate, Yannick Jadot, to ban hunting during weekends and school holidays. “If you want to ban something, let them just ban hunting, because people who hunt are people who work”.
Asked about Emmanuel Macron, the president of the Federation of Hunters said: “Macron has done things for hunting that no president had done until now”, such as for example halving the amount of the price of the permit of hunting. “We have rather a good record with Macron, rather a bad record with his Minister of Ecology” Barbara Pompili, he added.
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