From April 2015

Luxembourg to outlaw fox hunting

Rafi the Rock-A-Field fox released into the wild
Photo: Carole François

Fox hunting will soon be prohibited in  the Grand Duchy. That's what Prime Minister Xavier Bettel announced following a Governing Council meeting late Friday.

The draft was in relation to the Grand Ducal regulation concerning the hunting year which normally runs from April 1, 2015 until March 31, 2016. It therefore appears that foxes will be excluding from the animals that can be hunted, from April this year.

Rafi the Rock-A-Field fox released into the wild
Photo: Carole François

Hunters will still be allowed  to set traps to help control the spread of the species, but this is not enough to appease the issue for them. The federation of hunters and the Luxembourg Chamber of Agriculture say they are “outraged” by this decision and fear a fox invasion.

They consider this ban on hunting the animal "irresponsible" because, according to their estimates, the population of foxes could "double or triple" resulting in garden and playground invasions.

UPDATE!

For an update on this story, see the more recent article: State Secretary justifies Luxembourg's fox hunting ban

What do you think? Do you agree with the ban? Are foxes really a menace?

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