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European Hunters Make History with the #SignforHunting Campaign

Brussels, June 6, 2023 - For the first time in history, Europe’s hunting community launched a large-scale petition, the “SignforHunting” campaign. This initiative saw hunters achieve one of the biggest environmental campaigns in Brussels, which includes a clear call of support for the EU’s nature restoration law proposal.


During EU Green Week 2023, in an unprecedented move, the European Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FACE), together with representatives from its members’ organisations, which included officials from the Federation for Hunting and Conservation – Malta (FKNK), handed over 360,000 signatures to the EU Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Virginijus Sinkevičius. The campaign is a call on EU legislators to work with us to better recognise the contribution which hunters make, and that they are part of the solution. This call should also be seen as a strong offer of support to European institutions, as well as a request for policy change.


We are thrilled to see such a massive mobilization of Europe’s hunters” said Torbjörn Larsson, President of FACE. “This is not just a big win for hunters, but for nature and conservation efforts across Europe. It’s also a testament to the power of our diverse community, who are not typically signing petitions, and Europe’s national hunting associations, as well as their commitment to the preservation of our natural and cultural heritage.


The “SignforHunting” campaign reinforces hunters’ role as stewards of the environment, thereby representing a crucial step in addressing the goals of the Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. The signatures gathered highlight the collective voice of Europe’s hunters, their stand for sustainable hunting, and their commitment to conservation and the promotion of hunting’s important cultural heritage.


The campaign also reflects FACE’s broad support for the critical nature restoration law proposal. FACE took advantage of this occasion to deliver a strong statement to the European Parliament, a reminder to politicians that hunters are active participants in environmental conservation and restoration. This not only demonstrates the hunting community’s unity and resolve, but also underscored the collective commitment to ‘Bring Back Nature’, the campaign’s central request.


This is a historic day for Europe’s hunters, and indeed for all of Europe” Larsson concluded. ”We are confident that this successful campaign will continue to encourage dialogue and foster cooperation among all stakeholders to shape a future where nature conservation and sustainable hunting go hand in hand.


FACE thanks all those who supported the campaign and welcomes that so many hunters are behind our main policy request, namely that EU legislators work with us. The FKNK thanks the never lacking support of Maltese hunters, trappers, families and friends for their record number of petition signatures’ contribution – the best percentage wise collection amongst EU countries hunters’ organisations!


About the campaign and its timing:

This campaign petitions the main European institutions to improve collaboration with hunters for nature conservation and the future of hunting. It encompasses nine policy points requesting changes in crucial hunting and conservation areas. One of the timeliest requests is for nature restoration law to benefit ecosystems and habitats, particularly wetlands and farmlands. FACE stands for the recognition of hunters as part of the solution, pushing for more evidence-based approaches to hunting, including regional hunting practices. For more information about the www.SignforHunting.com campaign, visit the website or contact FACE directly.


About FACE:

The European Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FACE) is the voice of Europe’s hunters. Its members are national hunting associations in 37 European countries, representing 7,000,000 hunters. For more, see www.face.eu


The FKNK:

The FKNK joined FACE in 1987 and since then two FKNK Council Officials (currently, the FKNK Administrative Advisor, Joe Perici Calascione and the FKNK President, Lucas Micallef) have sat on the FACE main Board. At present the FKNK CEO, Lino Farrugia, holds the position of FACE Vice-President for the Mediterranean Region.


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