A third fatal accident continues to put Italian hunters under pressure. A 20-year-old hunter was killed by a companion on Saturday during a hunt near Santa Rufina, about 40 miles north or Rome.
The UK Telegraph outlines the regretted situation: Young hunter Marco Tosti was shot when his 70-year-old friend heard a noise, mistook him for a wild boar and fired at him. Tosti was shot in the abdomen and later died in hospital.
It begins and ends with safety
We do not want to shy away from articles like this. More than shooting, hunting is all about safety. If we go out in the morning to experience our passion with fellow hunters, it is always a priority that everyone is back safely in the evening to share their stories.
This is the third hunting tragedy in a month. Last week a 56-year-old hunter died near Velletri in the south of Rome and an 18-year-old was killed in northern Italy at the end of September.
Three weeks ago Italy’s environment minister, Sergio Costa, called for a nationwide ban on Sunday hunting after an 18-year-old was fatally shot because he too was mistaken for a wild boar.
Mr Costa was unavailable for comment on Sunday but after the previous tragedy he appealed to regional governments to immediately ban the hunting of wild boar on Sundays. He also promised to evaluate the need for a national law to “allow greater security and better management of hunting”.