Recently, a video has stirred up Hungarian public opinion. The video was recorded on Tuesday and has been the topic of many speculations since. Since the video hit the internet, a few developments have happened. In this article, we aimed to collect every information on the case so far.
In the video that circulated the entire Hungarian internet, a hunter has threatened to shoot a man on the spot, who was walking his dog in a field near Iregszemcse, Tolna county. The video went like this:
They argued about whether he was using the dog to drive game or merely walking it, and the hunter threatened to shoot him again. The argument continued with a lot of swearing and anger.
At the end of the video, the hunter shouts at the man that next time, he will not get away that easily, nor his dog.
Quite a few things are circulating about the background of the incident on the internet. Index received information from the police. The police identified the 46-year-old man from Iregszemcse. He worked as a professional hunter and had a licence for his two guns, which the police have confiscated.
They initiated a procedure for coercion and have withdrawn his official hunter’s licence.
After the video hit the Internet, many people said that they recognised the man walking the dog and that they know that he places snares in the area, which are known to be used by poachers.
Index also asked a professional dog trainer, who said that Hungarian greyhounds would not pant that loud unless they really drove something.
He said that he would not be able to tire his greyhound that much even with 20 minutes of intense fetching, and also, according to the weather, it was only 15°C, which is not that hot. Apart from the more well-known Hungarian dog breeds, there is one that you might have never heard of.
Index also called the victim, and he said that he previously was imprisoned for two years but for unrelated reasons. He owned a gun that was previously licence-free, but after a new law, he did not take it to the police to acquire a licence for the firearm. He was sentenced to two years for possessing unlicensed firearms.
The events are quite shocking. From the hunter’s part, he crossed the line of what he was supposed to do and what he should have done. Only the man who walked his dog knows whether the accusation was true or not. In his defence, he posted his certificate of good conduct on the internet.
It is also important to note that in Hungary, many open areas and forests are in the possession of the National Hungarian Hunting Chamber (OMVK), and hunters are allowed shoot a dog down in order to stop it from driving game.
Keep this in mind next time you set out into nature to walk your dog. A longer leash might be recommended, and a visibility vest for you and even your dog can keep you safe.
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