THE FOUNDATION OF THE "ORION"
Some years ago the Hunting family has become the target of unfair attacks coming from several directions. The defamatory campaign of various "ecological" organisations, supported by any kind of "journalists" of newspapers and television, are shaping, day by day, a loathsome picture for the hunter and the hunting tradition, slandering and twisting everything that is relevant with our beloved hunting and tarnishing, the traditional and generally dear to the public, picture of the hunter.
They are using the media to bring before the public the actions of simple gun owners as if they were legal hunters; while they have never admit the interventions or activities of Hunting Clubs for the environmental protection. They are always absent when the hunters preserve and feed the birds in harsh winters, when seeding fields for habitat improvement, when releasing species of the Hellenic fauna, and most important, all these activities are financed by the hunters themselves without seeking European Community's subsidies as they do other ecological organisations. Unfortunately, even in schools has begun years ago a propaganda against hunting, with relevant books and events, aiming to form an "anti-hunting" conscience to our children.
All this "anti-hunting" propaganda was formed and developed without essential reaction of the Hunting Organisations. The result was the continuously shrinkage of hunting period and the reduction of allowed to hunt species number, even without the existence of any reliable scientific researches that would support such decisions. We didn't accomplish to drive back neither the against us propaganda, nor the explicit "anti-hunting" attitude of the competent Ministry's employees, or the aligned attitude of the Undersecretary of Agriculture. The hunters feel that they are always "running behind" the developments and they never accomplish to anticipate, to prevent or to persuasively respond to all that propaganda.
The future of hunting in our country, as it was introduced to us, is uncertain!
In January 2002 was decided the foundation of an institution that will try to resist by all means, to any direction, in each "anti-hunting" activity or propaganda. At the same time, however, we will fight for the spreading of hunting ethics to the society and the strengthening of ecological and hunting conscience among the hunters. This institution is the "ORION" the HUNTERS NETWORK, and his founding members, emanates from the hunting list of correspondence.
We appeal to all hunters who are concerned for the future changes and developments in the hunting subjects and agree with the aims and the objectives of our Club, to support this effort and to register themselves massively in the list of our members.