Tuesday 22 February 2022 | 26

The death of Mina and of at least two psittaciformes are now added to that of Micha


Mis à jour le 08 June 2022

The images of the prison conditions, complaints, a criminal trial, a very light conviction... Since the ruling, we have done everything we can to obtain the inspection report from the Prefecture of Loir-et-Cher — the Departmental Directorate for Protecting Populations (DDPP) — and we have put ourselves before the administrative tribunal to get the animals removed... After a long and rough legal proceeding, we learned that Mina is dead, along with two birds. The Prefecture services were careful not to inform us of this and are still leaving the animals with the Poliakovs! We have filed a request in the meantime to the Orléans administrative tribunal and a complaint against the trainers, specifically for acts of cruelty and mistreatment by a professional alongside the Blois high court. We are calling for the immediate withdrawal of the animals and access to Mina’s autopsy report.

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Edit from 10 March 2022

The decision is being deliberated and is expected to be released within the next week.

Edit from 3 March 2022

The hearing is set by the interim relief judge for 10 March 2022 at the Orléans administrative tribunal.

We had to continue the fight. We asked the Prefecture of Loir-et-Cher twice for access to the latest inspection report, carried out at the centre of the establishment managed by the Bruneau-Poliakov couple, in order to understand in particular the state of health and the prison conditions of the animals that justice had seen fit to abandon. As a matter of fact, in the context of an administrative foreclosure, it is possible to ‘seize’ the animals while leaving them where they are, in the good care of their torturers!

A debilitating proceeding before the authorities

Our requests for access to this report have fallen on deaf ears. We then, almost as always, had to apply to the Committee for Access to Administrative Documents to force the civil service to comply. And, unsurprisingly, they were in favour of our request. With this backing, we had to rewrite to the Prefecture services who had finally this month deigned to send us the report dated 2 June 2021... We then learnt that many more animals that they were keeping are dead. And the report, heavily redacted incidentally (even the names of the trainers are ‘concealed’, which is absurd), finds significant non-conformities.

Mina and the birds were prisoners for life

Following Micha, Mina is dead, as well as two of the rare birds... All of them are living in minuscule and gloomy spaces, unlawfully, under the eyes and ears of the authorities who have turned a blind eye for more than a decade. Those who redacted the report, agents from the DDPP, who are cynics and willingly detached, conclude that “on the date the report was published, Mina was dead, lifting the non-compliance”.

The Bruneau-Poliakov trainers would never have needed to have had a proficiency certification for the Barbary macaque, even though they exploited her during very lucrative events. She spent eleven years in a 50cm3 cage with no light, which was rarely cleaned. These facts were known by the authorities. What did they do to get them out?! Ticking boxes, again and again, and setting deadlines that were never met... We had to capture images in these unspeakable places; the spoiled food had to be filmed so that their enclosure could be made bigger and enriched with a measly swing.

The amount of major non-conformities from the report is shocking

According to the very criteria of the DDPP, there has always been an issue at staffing level, an issue with the consistency of proficiency certifications and the species kept, a concern regarding regulations, and dysfunctional follow-up veterinary care. But who are we kidding in this country? When will the Prefectures finally abide by the rules relating to the respect and well-being of wild captive animals?!

In a previous article, we asked ourselves if there truly is any protection for wild animals in France. The answer is crystal clear: it is non-existent.

We are therefore filing a complaint in particular for acts of cruelty, to have access to information on the circumstances of Mina’s death, and above all to obtain the immediate seizure of the other animals, in addition to our interim application.

Translated from the French by Joely Justice

Julia Mothé
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Marie Halimeau | Thursday 17 March 2022

Pauvres petits anges....il faut absolument réussir à ce que les conditions de détentions soient en adéquation avec le mode de vie des animaux sauvages et que les peines des gardiens soient beaucoup plus importantes, et que ce soient des amendes et des peines de prisons.

Un grand merci et admiration aux bénévoles de ONE VOICE qui se dévouent à la cause des animaux .

Gaston2020 | Thursday 10 March 2022

Un grand merci à toute votre équipe One Voice, pour votre dévouement et votre engagement à sauver des vies, et faire condamner ces personnes sans âme et sans cœur ! j'espère que vous pourrez sortir les animaux des mains de leur tortionnaire, et qu'il sera condamné comme il se doit pour maltraitance, meurtre envers ces pauvres animaux !
Merci infiniment pour eux !

esyram | Wednesday 09 March 2022

je suis désemparée par l'attitude de la justice française.
Que faut-il faire pour faire évoluer les mentalités et faire prendre conscience que les animaux, comme les humains, sont des êtres sensibles.

One Voice, ne lâchez rien, continuez vos actions au nom de tous ces animaux qui souffrent.

Merci pour eux

trochu | Tuesday 08 March 2022

Profondément avec vous, car les mentalités changent et ont changé en faveur des animaux mais non celles de nos politiciens et autorités chargés de rendre justice à tous ces animaux enfermés à vie, emprisonnés et torturés "pour distraire " alors que leurs places ne se trouve pas dans des cirques ou delphinariums, mais nous ne cessons de le répéter, à croire que nous avons en face de nous "des individus totalement vides" d'empathie, d'intelligence émotionnelle, de sensibilité et respect envers toutes vies animales.