Submitted to the people on September 27, the law received the support of the Conference of Presidents of Mountain Tourist Municipalities. It is in the interest of tourism, they say.
The Conference of Presidents of Mountain Tourist Municipalities supports the revision of the law on hunting, to be voted on on September 27th. She says she is “concerned” by the spread of the wolf and its impact on tourism.
“This law is in the interest of tourism. It avoids conflicts between large predators and tourists, ”the Conference wrote in a statement on Thursday. Recalling that wolves are more and more numerous on Swiss territory, the presidents of mountain tourist municipalities believe that their citizens and their guests are “destabilized” and that “clearer” rules are needed to manage large carnivores.
Another argument in favor of the revision of the law, the use of dogs for protection against wolves causes “conflicts” with tourist activities, continues the Conference which brings together 45 Swiss municipalities. She judges that these dogs react in a “very aggressive” way to hikers or cyclists. In Valais, some hiking trails have already had to be closed to the public.
Alpine pastures abandoned because of the wolf
The Conference chaired by the Valaisan Luc Fellay also notes that mountain pastures are abandoned due to the presence of the wolf. Invaded by brush, these mountain pastures thus become less attractive to tourists.
The Conference recalls that the revised law must give more powers to the cantons for the management of certain animals. “This measure is justified, because the cantons are well aware of the situation on their territory,” she wrote in her press release. She concludes by asserting that a “yes” on September 27 would provide “the necessary bases for coexistence between humans and large carnivores.”