Dutch government threatens shooting ban

The Netherlands may become the first country in Europe to only permit live quarry shooting based on case-by-case approval.

Three left-wing parties of the Dutch coalition government have put forward a motion to ban all game shooting, though the country is home to approximately 30,000 shooters. Exemptions to the ban will be given when required to control the population of a species, and when animals pose a threat or are causing damage.

The Netherlands already has some of the most stringent shooting and firearms licensing policies in the world, with just five shootable quarry species: pheasant, mallard, brown hare, rabbit and pigeon. Currently, species such as deer, wild boar and geese may only be shot if permitted by the authorities.

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