Falconry is one of the oldest hunting practices that survived more than 4,000 years, and is still practiced with the same methods as it started. Originally falconry was a way to obtain food, and has evolved to be more associated with conservation, cultural heritage and community engagement. The World Intangible Cultural Heritage practice as declared by UNESCO is currently practiced in over 60 countries, and is believed that has been originated in Mongolia, where falconers today still depend on their Golden Eagles for survival.
In 1967 falconry – the ancient art of hunting with trained raptors – was banned in Denmark after pressure from bird watching organizations and. On Saturday the 1st of September 2018 trained falcons and hawks will once again fly from the gauntlets of Danish falconers to hunt small game in Denmark.
The 50-year ban came to an end after five decades of relentless fighting. One by one the emotional – and largely imaginary – arguments against this traditional way of hunting was shot down and in the end, the anti-hunting campaigners lost.