An extraordinary year for hunting
We have had an extraordinary year for hunting, facing complex and curious problems, such as the question of the presence in Italy of lots of bears and wolves, damage from wildlife in general with the related extraordinary national plan deriving from the new art. 19 ter, the ban on the use of lead ammunition in wetlands and the usual tussle over appeals against regional hunting calendars. We have dealt with the migration of birds, we have tried to prevent the activity of some fanatics against our beloved hunting, which respects the environment, and their acts of vandalism against fixed huts in some provinces. A year, for better or for worse, to remember, even if, unfortunately, we felt the international problems of the breakdown of peace between sovereign states very close to us. We talk about the terrible war in Ukraine and, as we fear, the end of world peace.
What will happen
Ukraine aspires to become an EU state, but Russia does not allow it and intends to make large, currently Ukrainian territories its own. We are not able to know what will happen: we hunters deal with wildlife and land management, not with international issues. Then the war broke out between Israel and Palestine and we could also believe that, behind this situation, there is Russia that wants to engage the West on another front, diverting it from the Ukrainian one. We cannot continue to talk about these issues, because they are too far from our peaceful world. However, we cannot even pretend nothing has happened, as citizens of a Europe and a world that appear increasingly smaller: what effect will the two ongoing wars (Ukraine-Russia and Israel-Palestine) have on local and migratory wildlife populations?
A problem to address
This is a big problem that should be addressed somehow. Also because, in relation to our continent, we know very well that Ukraine is a very large country that many species of migratory avifauna use as a breeding ground... and war destruction is poorly reconciled with the conservation of natural resources. We hope for peace, dear friends, especially for humanity but also for all other forms of life, because we want world peace and the hope is that it will arrive soon! (Pier Luigi Chierici – ANUU).