President of the Andalusian Federation of Hunting. The maximum responsible of the Andalusian Federation of Hunting defends the role of the collective in front of the “biased”.
María José Mancheño, born in Sierra de Mares, came to the world of hunting later than usual. Despite being a tradition that is passed from parents to children, he knew when he started working for the Andalusian Federation of Hunting (FAC) as a lawyer. Once introduced in the entity, specialized in the legislation, hunting and decided to try it with the rifle, at which time the work became a hobby since then, it has maintained. Leads to the front of FAC –and the 1,500 companies that comprise it– from 2012, and last year was elected again to lead up to 2020, and will maintain its position: “hunting is a tool of conservation of the environment”.
–How was the hunting?
–I am a hunter atypical. I interacted with that world of twenty years ago when I started to collaborate with the legal services of the federation. Despite the fact that my paternal grandfather was saved, I had no relationship with hunting. Everyone says that it is inherited but is not my case, although interestingly at the root of my fondness several of my brothers and other family members have become hunters.
–Has said in many sites that has a vision of hunting ‘sustainable’…
–Today’s society has a vision that is very biased of hunting and superficial. It is a tool of conservation and environmental management. Through the hunting can control diseases, species and the harm they cause, some of them in private ownership. We are also sentinels of the avian flu, as we do in Doñana; in the Mountains of Malaga we control the damage produced by the hybridization between the wild hog and the wild boar… In the XXI century is a necessary tool, what say the engineers, says the regional government of Andalusia, not only me.
–How he conveys this vision?
–That has been one of our biggest problems and to this day still is. There has always been a very superficial view of the hunters in the cities. How do you explain? Well, we spent years trying to find any means of communication through which to inform and explain what it means to hunt. People think that when we want to take the shotgun and the dog and we’re hitting shots, and that is not so. We have a General Order of Closure, we can hunt a certain quota of specific species on certain days. When we’re not hunting we’re taking care of the mount, with our saves. Also we have enabled thousands of feeders and drinkers supplementary.
–What is the role of the public administrations have in this transmission?
–In the world of the hunting administrations have a role in monitoring at all levels, from permits to management of preserves. Their involvement, in the case of Andalusia, the Board is the owner of thousands of acres of hunting, more than 80% of the land is hunting. The department collaborates with the hunting, but maybe by putting a but it should help us more in the transmission of our values.
–Do you think that it is all done so that the hunting is sustainable?
–We have spent many years promoting ethical values within the federation, and we are committed to a sustainable house, respecting the quota and the uses and customs. We ask the hunter andalusian that is modern, where what matters is to get out to the field and preserve the cultural heritage; the least is the hanger or the number of pieces. The message has sunk in, but we must continue to insist.
–Do the new generations accept the hunting?
–What is certain is that the generational shift is not occurring with the intensity that we would like. Within the public opinion is generating a direct rejection, both in training and in education. Young people receive values that collide with those that we defend. There are young hunters, but less. The main problem is in education. We have had problems to access to educational facilities and convey there conservation values; it is well seen that the hunters go to the schools.
Source: diariosur.it is