The french government has recently published a new national plan for the near future (2018 – 2023) on how to deal with conflicts between the (increasing) wolf population in France and live stock farmers. For this plan it seems that the government uses numbers of how many wolves there are in France, supposedly scientifically based, however no sources are given. There have always been suspicions from environmental organisations about the statistiques the government is using. The number of wolves in France given by other sources, like the european union seems to be a lot lower. Taking the number of 400 wolves supposedly living on french territory the french government is aiming to kill 10% which means 40 wolves per year to keep the numbers stable and to keep the farmers happy. This is against european legislation as the wolf is protected in Europe.
The plan called “Plan Loup 2018 – 2023” is open for public consultation until the 29th of January 2018. Everyone can leave his opinion so please do so on this link (in french) .
It happened only a couple of days ago. A deer has been drowned during a hunting exercise with hounds and horses in the North of France (Forêt de Laigue) just above Paris. Attention the image are shocking! Not for children to watch. The French government does not intend to stop these hunting practices even though a huge lobby has been started by several associations. Please ban France next holiday!
More information is to be found on the site of AVA who published the video:
In a little village called Formerie between Abbeville and Rouen hunters have had the permission to shoot on pigeons. Excuse? Because they too many. Boycott France this summer, please. No other words needed.
6 (hunting) dogs were found last thursday in a forest shot dead by a small gun, in the Isère department in Bouvesse-Quitieu: amongst them was a Jack Russell, a Griffon and a Bleu de Gascogne. They were found by a hiker. The tatoo’s on the ears of 3 of the animals have been made invisible, so it was impossible to identify the dogs. The other 3 were identified by a micro-chip, which might give some clues to the Gendarmerie who has started an investigation.
Farmers in the South of France (Les Landes) ask for an exemption to the rules of the European Bird Directive to be able to hunt chaffinches, a species that is protected, and eat them as this is a tradition in these area’s. You’ll find the letter of the President of the French Hunting Federation to the Minister here:
This is really horrendous. How can a civilisation still allow this barbarity.
This year again, the LPO (Ligue pour la protection des oiseaux) deplores the shooting of birds belonging to protected species and cowardly slaughtered by hunters. Since the beginning of 2017, 68 X-rays have been carried out on injured birds sent to the Regional Wildlife Conservation Center of Villeveyrac managed by the LPO Hérault and have identified 16 protected birds victims of hunting shots ( of which 8 outside the hunting season …). Among the victims: six variable Buzzards, a Black Kite, a European Sparrowhawk, a Northern Goshawk, a Common Hawk, two Common Kestrels, a Short-toed Whitebird (raptor feeding mainly on reptiles), a Little Bustard (rare species subject to a National Action Plan), etc.
Strong suspicions hover over other birds: traces of sinkers in the feathers, wounds with an entry and exit. However, in order to be able to officially attribute these wounds to hunting and to refer to the National Office of Hunting and Wildlife, radiographic evidence is necessary. Unfortunately, only four birds survived on all these animals that were greeted and seriously wounded: a Buzzard was able to be healed and released, a Northern Goshawk, a Hobby Falcon and a Short-toed White-hawk are still at risk.
Translated from French http://herault.lpo.fr/deja-16-oiseaux-proteges-victimes-de-chasse/
At the moment there is a lot of commotion about a stud being killed in the garden without the owner’s consent in the Oise department. (see previous post)
People are outraged and movies are being published on facebook like the one below of earlier animal abuse by the same hunter’s group. This stud was beaten several times with a whip to scare him away out of a habitation area. He was lead into the cemetery, apparently put to sleep to move him back into the forest (that’s what they say, but no-one really knows what happened to him….people say so much in France that is not true)