The judgment of the administrative judges
The Regional Administrative Court of Palermo rejected the precautionary request and declared the hunting calendar for the hunting season legitimate. 2023-2024 season approved by the Sicilian Region. The regional Department of Agriculture, with a decree of 26 June, had approved and regulated the hunting calendar for the current hunting season.
What had been contested in Sicily
The text had been challenged by various environmental associations, including Legambiente, WWF, and Lipu, alleging the alleged violation of the opinion given by the Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, as well as the violation of some regulatory provisions of the sector, they had presented appeal to obtain cancellation, subject to suspension of the effects of the hunting calendar.
The fire issue
In particular, they contested both the early opening of the hunting harvest in relation to some species, and the closing dates of the hunt with regard to the hunting harvest of other species, especially due to the fires that affected Sicily and which according to the associations would have affected wildlife.