Monday, January 20, 2014

72% of Israelis Favor a Ban on Recreational Hunting

A Deer in the Grass
The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) commissioned a survey about Israelis' attitudes toward hunting and found that 72% of the Israeli public favors a prohibition on hunting.

This figure and other results of the survey were presented to the Knesset Internal Affairs and Environmental Committee in early January. On the table is a proposed amendment to the Wildlife Protection Law that would ban recreational hunting. Government support for the amendment has already been approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on June 30 of last year.

Currently, Israel has a legal hunting season from September through January. Hunting in Israel is much less popular than it is in the United States and Europe. Approximately 2,400 people are registered as hunters in Israel, which represents less than 0.3% of Israeli society. Corresponding numbers for the United States and European Union are approximately 4.4% and 1.4%.

A clear majority of survey respondents felt that Israel should increase enforcement against those who injure or poison wildlife. SPNI calls on decision makers to advance this legislation.

Read more about it here.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, till next time!


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