The issue

The new hunting law has come out all wrong : in the future, protected animal species such as lynx, wolf, beaver and grey heron can be shot down before they have caused any damage, and before any protective measures for herds or flocks have been taken – simply because they exist. And this new law comes at a time when biodiversity is facing its most precarious moment in the history of humankind. Several Swiss nature and animal protection organisations are resorting to the referendum against the revised “Swiss Federal Law on Hunting and the Protection of Indigenous Mammals and Birds” (In German: Jagdgesetz, JSG) and are fighting against this unacceptable weakening of the protection of species in Switzerland. After all, the only things the new law would protect are agricultural interests and hunting and fishing yields.

Our project

According to a study commissioned by Pro Natura at the end of May 2019 that surveyed 1006 people, the majority of the Swiss population is opposed to hunting wild animals. In particular, they are highly critical of the preventive killing of protected animal species if they have not yet caused any damage – which would be possible in future according to the revision. For example, 51 per cent of those questioned responded, ‘No, under no circumstances’ to the shooting of wolves, another 28 per cent said ‘Rather no’. The survey clearly shows that Parliament has failed to achieve the will of the people with this proposed legislation.

Fondation Franz Weber supports the referendum against the unacceptable hunting law. Please help us to collect the necessary 50,000 signatures as soon as possible. You can now order referendum forms on the WeCollect website against the hunting law that will be sent to you from 8 October 2019!

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Our goals

  • Bring about the referendum against the wayward new hunting law
  • Ensure protection of Swiss wildlife and its habitats
  • Fight the weakening of species conservation in Switzerland

Facts and Figures

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0 per cent
of Swiss residents say ‘no’ to the killing of wolves
0 signatures
are required for the referendum
0 October
2019 is the start date of the referendum