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A hearing against scaring brown bears in the Pyrenees at the State Council on 24 May

A hearing against scaring brown bears in the Pyrenees at the State Council on 24 May

Mis à jour le 05 July 2023

To protect brown bears in the Pyrenees, we will be at the emergency suspension hearing at the State Council on 24 May at 10:30am. We are asking for the urgent suspension of the 4 May 2023 Ministerial decree that allows prefects to authorise scaring shots aimed at animals in their departments.

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There are scarcely 70 individuals living in the Pyrenees. Despite being classified as critically in danger of extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and protected on an international, European, and national level, brown bears are harassed relentlessly in France, at the risk of causing miscarriages for the female bears who are already having so much trouble surviving and getting their young to survive.

Each year, they are subjected to scaring shots authorised by prefectures with the blessing of the Ministries for the Ecological Transition and of Agriculture. To move them away from herds and achieve social peace among farmers, authorities allow bears to be victims of sound-effect shots, causing them stress and the possible separation of the female bears from their young. All of this even though the French National Council for the Protection of Nature [Conseil national de la protection de la nature (CNPN)] has estimated that these violent measures against these animals are much less effective than ensuring effective and proportionate protection of herds…

Measures that we are attacking at the source

In 2022, we were successful in getting all of the prefectural decrees allowing the harassment of brown bears in Ariège cancelled. After this sizeable victory, we are rallying to get the Ministerial decree of 4 May 2023 aiming to allow the scaring of these individuals in the Pyrenees suspended and then cancelled. Because without this Ministerial decree, no prefect would be able to authorise these shots on a local level.

With the decree that we are attacking, the government has confirmed its desire to use drastic measures against bears, even though the viability of their population is not guaranteed, and it is this Ministry that insists on capturing female bears in Eastern Europe to transport them to France! From our side, we are reaffirming our opposition to this cynical policy that pretends to want to revive the population of these threatened animals in our country, to then pursue them with dispersal grenades for up to eight months of the year.

To stop the government from allowing prefectures to authorise bear scaring in our mountain ranges, we will face the Ministry at the State Council on Wednesday 24 May at 10:30am.

Translated from the French by Joely Justice

Marion Henriet
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Nathalie | Saturday 27 May 2023

Je soutiens votre démarche contre ces abjects effarouchements, et j'espère que le Conseil d'Etat tranchera dans le sens de la tranquillité des ours des Pyrénées. Le gouvernement doit cessé d'harceler les ours comme il le fait, et contraindre les éleveurs à mettre en place les mesures de protection des troupeaux qui fonctionnent. Certains, dans les Pyrénées, même en zone exposées, y parviennent et ne subissent pas d'attaques, alors que d'autres estives sont régulièrement prédatées. Cherchez l'erreur... Il y a des lois et des directives auxquelles l'Etat français doit se conformer et il est grand temps qu'il s'y soumette !

sandrine | Friday 26 May 2023

Toujours aucune prise de position du gouvernement pour le peu de "vivant"qui subsiste !
Sans les associations qui se battent il n'y aurait déjà plus rien...
Plus besoin d'ours, de loup, de renard, de lapin d'oiseaux, d'insecte, d'abeilles... !! C'est vrais ils ne "servent à rien" !! Et après, on disparaitra aussi. La nature n'aura surtout plus besoin de notre espèce destructrice !!

Véro | Wednesday 24 May 2023

Naturellement contre l'effarouchement des ours bruns, contre la chasse, contre la venerie sous terre, contre la corrida, contre la chasse à courre, je soutiens le vivant CONTRE LA CRUAUTE ENVERS LES ANIMAUX LES OISEAUX LA FAUNE

trochu | Tuesday 23 May 2023

Bien évidemment que la cohabitation avec les ours est possible d'autres pays le font déjà, mais en France, le gouvernement choisit toujours la solution radicale qui est soit, d'effaroucher les animaux, les traquer ou les tuer pour satisfaire les éleveurs qui auraient, s'ils le voulaient, d'autres solutions et méthodes respectueuses de tous ces animaux, mais en France, les autorités préfèrent "tuer et apeurer les animaux"... Je serai en pensée avec vous très profondément ce jour là, et espère que vous obtiendrez gain de cause pour défendre ces ours si merveilleux qui sont à leurs places dans nos montagnes et forêts, qui n'ont pas à être terrorisés par des tirs devant les faire fuir.