An appeal that everyone was waiting for
Punctual as every summer comes the animal rights appeal of the Lac against the hunting calendar and the deeds of Lombardy region regarding the upcoming hunting season. The appeal was assigned this year to the Second Section of the Milan TAR: the first useful hearing is on September 19, two days after the opening, which at the moment is not at risk. Federcaccia Lombardia will certainly appear in court to defend the calendar: we'll see if the Lac will request the suspension measure before the opening with a separate act. Nothing new so far, but let's look at some of the imaginative animal rights theses: according to the animal rights acronym, the Regions are not entitled to adopt diversified calendars for migratory game and there should be a single national calendar, contrary to what the European directive provides about the matter. If we then take into account the geographical conformation of our country, this statement clashes even more. A question of constitutional legitimacy is even raised against the national law which delegates to the Regions the power and duty to issue a regional calendar also relating to migratory fauna.
Federcaccia Lombardia is already in contact with the offices and lawyers of the Lombardy Region and will certainly participate in the trial. However, it is clear that the thing that clashes the most in this story that has been going on for years is Ispra's opinion: in our opinion, the Lombardy Region has correctly detailed the reasons why it decided to depart from the document of the body which depends by the Ministry of the Environment. For example, by establishing the opening on 17 September and not on 1 October, the Region has provided numerous reasons, all correct and serious and we trust that the judges will read them carefully. The Milan offices have ridiculed Ispra's theses, according to which, for example, on the third Sunday of September it is difficult to carry out hunting surveillance, while from 1 October everything magically becomes easier. However, it is clear that on paper for a judge of the TAR, the ISPRA opinion is a scientific opinion. We cannot think that a judging panel, which has to deal with the most disparate topics in its council chambers, can be prepared to the point of denying an opinion of the State body which, on paper, is responsible for studying, deepening and exhibiting technical-scientific opinions on wildlife issues.
Sentence of 19 September
As always, the problem lies in the handle, that is, on those who have to control ISPRA, because this Institute depends on the Ministry of the Environment, Minister Pichetto of Forza Italia, and intervenes on a matter entrusted to the Ministry of Agriculture, Minister Lollobrigida of Fratelli d' Italy. Here is the problem: why doesn't anyone control the way employees work? If we don't get it into our heads that this is the real problem to solve and we think every time we come up with the joke about the anti-hunting judge, we offend the intelligence of thousands of hunting citizens. On 19 September we will presumably have a sentence, partial perhaps, but the judges will certainly make a decision, but they will take it by reading an Ispra opinion where there is little technical and scientific while there is a great deal of ideological. We will accept the TAR verdict as the year but we will not stop asking politics, the politics that organizes conferences with proposals and not with objectives, while holding full decision-making power, to exercise its decision-making role, for better or for worse. (FEDERCACCIA BRESCIA – THOUGHT HUNTERS)