The shooting of cats returned to live in the wild has been in place in Switzerland for years, outside the cantons of Valais and Geneva. A move to ban this practice has been submitted to the latter institutions and has been retouched.
The signatories of the motion argued that the sterilization campaigns of haret cats were sufficient to suspend the authorization of the hunter. They also claim that it is impossible for the shooter to tell the difference between a free-range domestic cat walking in the wild and a haret cat.
This Wednesday, the Grand Council of Neuchâtel ruled and the hunting of haret cats will be allowed in the cantons of Romand. The reality on the ground makes this fight rather useless because even though Swiss hunters are entitled to it, they hardly shoot haret cats and only 5 shots have been counted in the last three years.
Even a Green elected official, Diane Skartsounis, relativized this pass of arms that she considers unnecessary in Switzerland compared to other species:
“It is not necessary to legislate for a few slaughtered cats when dozens of endangered animals such as hares or woodpeckers are shot every year.”