The Valaisans will vote on the initiative “for a canton of Valais without major predators”. The left unsuccessfully denounced a “misleading” text both in form and in substance. Its three amendments were swept away by the plenum. The Greens could resort.
The majority of members of parliament thus share the position of the Council of State which proposed to accept the initiative and to submit it to the people, recommending that they accept it. Ninety-five of them argued, 25 did not follow.
The right underlined the importance of showing the Valais population that the subject of large predators was not closed. On September 27, the revision of the hunting law was rejected by 51.9% of Swiss voters but unanimously accepted by all Valais municipalities and by 68.6% of the votes. “This initiative complements the steps taken at the federal level”, insisted the UDC.
The Left Alliance and the Greens denounced a “false” text. On the form first, there was a discrepancy between the French and German versions during the collection of signatures, but also between the title and the content of the text, detailed the Green Jérémy Savioz. “The people will vote in a canton of Valais without major predators. This title assumes that institutional eradication will be put in place. It is a Valaisannerie harmful to our canton ”.
“The text’s admissibility exercise has already taken place,” repeated the UDC Grégory Logean. As for the title, it should be read as follows: “for a canton of Valais without large predators in areas of housing, pasture and recreation”, was carried away Christian Democrat Guido Walker.
What do we mean by promotion?
The text requires the introduction of a new article 14bis in the cantonal Constitution, the content of which is as follows: “The State issues prescriptions relating to the protection against large predators as well as to the limitation and regulation of their effective. The promotion of the population of large predators is prohibited ”. By large predators, we must understand lynx, wolves, bears and golden jackals.
The left reiterated that the term “promotion” was vague and subject to very broad interpretation. She called on the right for clarification which struggled to give her examples. “We are voting on provisions,” said Guido Walker. The Greens have let it be known that they are evaluating the filing of an appeal.
Little room for maneuver
In fact, the acceptance of the popular initiative will not fundamentally change the current and future situation in the canton for large predators, the Council of State admitted at the end of June. Valais has little room for maneuver in deciding a cantonal concept in this area. The government had however considered “important that the Valais population can express themselves on this problem”.
The cantonal initiative for a Valais without major predators was launched in 2016 by around ten Haut-Valaisans. It ended in January 2017 with 9,545 signatures, or 3,545 more than needed. On January 25, 2017, the Council of State transmitted the initiative to the Grand Council. After preliminary examination and modification of the text, the popular initiative was declared admissible by the deputies on September 12, 2019.