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A hunting pen in Loire-Atlantique for killing animals in total privacy

A hunting pen in Loire-Atlantique for killing animals in total privacy

Mis à jour le 29 June 2023

In Loire-Atlantique, there a few hunting pens that exist on our map... One of them is one of the smallest we know of. Having been warned, we thus decided to go there.
This enclosed place, created around twenty years ago to kill animals among hunting friends and clients, is not worried about the presence of the neighbours “training dogs” to massacre animals or even organising foxhunts. Organised animal cruelty on 60 hectares of non-compliance, approved by the authorities.

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At the start, the property was home to a farm of wild boars. But the owner had to close it, forced to by a legal decision (that is what he said anyway, but an intervention by Nos Viventia into this enclosure a few months ago leaves us wondering about this). So, for more than ten years, the power struggle of the locals continued with the owner. Despite regulations banning the possibility of opening such a place (size of the enclosure, protected forest that should allow the animals to pass through, danger to neighbours, and open conflict due to building permits...), the authorities seem to have yielded to all of the owner’s demands. The fences are not regulation size? Never mind, they still authorise the deal!
Even the pipes, small ditches between the ponds, and small streams passing from one property to another, have been blocked by mesh to ensure that no animal survives, something which is normally prohibited.

Because in France, we have a sneaking suspicion that each time hunters ask for something, prefectures let them have it. The lobby is powerful. And how many prefects or parliamentarians are themselves hunters...

The footage from April 2022 that our investigators brought back even shows that in the middle of a clearing there is a small bird farm. Whether it be pheasants or partridges, they are released according to their desires and for ‘shooting sessions’ on live animals. Birds that have not even learnt to live without humans there to feed them, who would never have flown up high or far, as we showed in our previous investigations into these types of breeding farms.

Nature has been pillaged to create this pen. Deer and other woodland animals in the nearby area are often found in traps. A small mound makes one of the fences lower on the outside of the property than on the inside. Animals can therefore easily go into the park but can find it difficult to get back out. The blocked pipes prevent small animals from getting from one pond to the next.

And twice, a few weeks ago, the neighbours protected a large deer that came to find refuge at their house from the hunters and their hounds. And each time, they have to remove the dogs and put off the hunters who are trying to get into their home to kill these splendid animals. A situation that has become unbearable.

Finally, the new owner of the premises has tried to extend their land by trimming their neighbours’ land in order to reach the minimum area for a hunting pen... A scandal that is all the more concerning as the slightest bullet ricocheting would also risk these neighbours’ lives!

Take a look at our infiltration investigations into penned hunting in Bourgogne, Île-de-France, and Sologne.
our petition0073 to ban penned hunting and for a radical reform on hunting!

Translated from the French by Joely Justice

Julia Mothé
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Chriistele | Tuesday 28 November 2023

J'apprends encore que le gouvernement accorde des tueries ignobles aux chasseurs.
Quelle honte pour notre pays qui se dit civilisé...

olivo | Friday 09 June 2023

Encore des gens qui pensent avoir le pouvoir, et en profitent pour assassiner des animaux qui ont le droit de vivre. Certains de ces individus sont des politiques, qui sont des élus de la république. Je comprends les français qui ne veulent plus aller voter. C'est inadmissible de tuer dans ces conditions.

Zanimo | Saturday 27 May 2023

Imaginer que les politiques, les citoyens ordinaires, sans parler de la justice, aient une once d’empathie, de respect, simplement de pitié à l’égard de l’autre, humain ou animal, est un manque de lucidité. Regardez et écoutez « la souffrance et la mort reprennent le pouvoir ».

Country | Friday 26 May 2023

Pas un enclos, mais une arène où, sans possibilité de fuite, l'animal n'a aucune chance.
Appeler cela non pas de la chasse mais du ball-trap (à bout quasi portant)
Quel type de chasseur digne de ce nom peut-il se livrer à ce massacre organisé ?
Comment se fait-il que ce type d'installation soit autorisé de nos jours ?
Encore un scandale sous l'égide des (mauvais) chasseurs.