RAC – About us
What is the RAC?
The RAC, what is the RAC?
The RAssemblement pour une France sans Chasse is an association Loi 1901 created in 2002 and declared of public interest in 2005.
Originally named “Rassemblement Anti Chasse” (anti-hunting rally) and founded by Madame Monique PITON in Besançon, the association later became “RAssemblement pour une France sans Chasse”. This evolution carried out the purpose of signifying that primarily, the RAC is a movement fighting for a cause, but also that it offers a new nonviolent model of society based on just, peaceful relationships with the animal kingdom with which we share our planet. To create a new societal model, the RAC offers cohabitation measures.
The association is open and dedicated to people sensitive to animal suffering, naturalists, animal photographers, hikers and each and every individual, who wishes to unite in order to end the injustice committed against animals and abolish all forms of hunting and trapping.
Confronted with an extremely powerful hunting lobby, the only possible means of defense is to unite, so as to weigh in the balance when it comes to politicians and have them heed our ideas.
If you do not accept the monopoly of hunters on nature and should you wish to change the current course of events, join us at the RAC by becoming a member or a volunteer.
What do we want?
We are completely against the basic principle of hunting animals and our aim is to abolish all kinds of hunting and trapping.
Hunting is in no way a necessity anymore and has become a rather unfortunate, unhealthy pastime.
Hunting dates back to prehistoric times – its primary role was to feed and survive. Today, this is not the case anymore and hunters justify the survival of their pastime through tradition and a set of various pretexts in order to have this outdated practice continue. The pleasure of killing an individual is the prime motivation of hunters, as they so often say publicly in blatant contradiction with official propaganda. Nevertheless, as history shows not every tradition is good to keep.
Hunters also try to justify their passion by pretending that there is a need to regulate species despite: regularly releasing in the wild animals they bred (20 million animals per year: partridges, pheasants, ducks, rabbits, hares…), annihilating predators, etc. They are also responsible for the high number of wild boars, a situation they created and maintain to this day. In order to have more targets, they even went as far as creating a new breed of wild boars by mating boars and pigs: the “cochonglier“, which conveniently has bigger litters than wild boars.
Fauna and nature belong to no one.
Also, in trying to perpetuate their activity, the hunting lobby often emphasises the fact that hunting creates employment and revenue. However, the economy generated by hunting is very minimal as most of it is untaxed, undeclared and underground (undeclared rentals of hunting grounds, illegal sales of “game”, etc.). In terms of employment, it would be possible to convert hunting-related jobs to the sector of tourism, based on a respectful, nonviolent observation of wildlife, the latter which would generate a much larger economy.
Last but not least, if hunters would be banned from practicing, they would redirect their budget towards another pastime that would benefit the economy in the same way.
Based on false pretense, nature and the towns’ surroundings have been monopolised by armed individuals, to the disadvantage of other users. Nowadays, outdoor nature activities are thoroughly ruined by the hunters’ presence due to the acute danger they represent: it is not possible to go for a walk and observe fauna in a war atmosphere made of raging dog packs, shouts and gun detonations.
In the near future, people will look back and gasp at the fact that a mere 1,5% of the French population had been given the right to kill animals just because they found it a fun activity. Wild animals belong to no one but themselves.
Hunting must be abolished
Hunting is ethically wrong: a pastime consisting in killing individuals is not acceptable.
Hunting has no basis from an ecological standpoint: hunters cause a great deal of ecological damage.
It is source of insecurity and bother, which prevents other people from practicing their non-lethal nature outdoors pastimes.