Hunting Laws and Policies

The impact of laws and policies on the act of hunting vary greatly. The PLD aims to promote laws and policies which meet the interests of the hunting community and in particular, which are supportive of and encourage the sustainable use of wildlife as a means of conserving biodiversity.

The effectiveness and implementation of hunting legislation strongly influence both the success of wildlife conservation through sustainable use but also the public opinions towards hunting. Whilst the non-hunting public often has a higher regard for well-thought out and well-regulated hunting, the opposite is true where hunting legislation is practically inexistent, absent or poorly implemented and regulated. Outcomes of poorly regulated and unsustainable hunting can include a reduction in wildlife numbers, conflicts with other land-users, damage to environment and quite simply a bad image for hunting as a whole. In this regard, the PLD of the CIC wishes to share the best practices in hunting legislation from around the world in order to help improve hunting regulations in countries where there are deficiencies but also to help design brand new legislation in countries without any. One tool in order to assist in this process is a joint CIC-FAO initiative entitled WildlifeLex. This is intended to serve as an online database of national hunting legislations and best practices in the regulation of hunting.

The CIC, together with FAO, have also published jointly a technical series which addresses wildlife and conservation issues. As well as wildlife management laws, topics range from economic development and tourism, to sustainable hunting. Some volumes are published in Russian, French and German.

In addition, the PLD of the CIC is seeking to cooperate closely with the authorities and organisations dealing with wildlife crime in order reduce the illegal and unsustainable use of wildlife and to discourage poaching and illegal trade of species. Possible partners include members of the CPW such as CITES and TRAFFIC but importantly also INTERPOL, the world’s largest international police organization, with 190 member countries and with the Wildlife Crime Working Group.