Friday 09 November 2018 | 65

Greylag geese also in the viewfinder of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Solidarity!

Mis à jour le 09 January 2019

Do you remember last year when Willy Schraen was angry with Nicolas Hulot's office? He was unsuccessful in obtaining the right to kill the Greylag goose – A protected species (this term seems complicated to understand) - as early as February! Hunters having "skinned" the former minister of Ecological Transition and Solidarity, guess what’s back on the agenda... It's up to us to put this bill back to the forefront!

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Maintaining the duration of the Greylag goose hunting season was, in terms of wildlife protection, the only point on which Nicolas Hulot then Minister of State had managed to hold out against the Hunting Federation and its lobby. In February 2018, like thugs, these hungry for blood hunters had vandalized a car of the gendarmerie by rolling it on its side during their demonstration!

The hunters are insistent, and the President of the Republic gives them every respect. The duration of the hunting season of the Greylag geese is challenged by a bill at the moment being drafted in the offices of the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition.

The exemption from the Birds Directive, which allows the protection of migratory birds and therefore Greylag geese, is based on the argument that they would do damage to the environment. However, if this damage is proven ... not only are they mainly in the Netherlands but they mainly concern geese that do not pass through France, besides a large part are nonmigratory! In February, with this law, the Greylag geese will be hunted, while this was forbidden up until this time! 

The article begins as follows: "No one may hunt outside the periods of the opening of the hunt set by the authorities". If we understand correctly, to prevent people shooting geese out of the hunting season (this is called poaching), the department increases this period. Thus, these people shoot geese legally ... (and this is called regulation by hunting). Who is mocking who here? Birds have the greatest difficulty surviving nowadays, and migratory birds are not protected or anything! 

It should also be noted that at no time are these geese considered sentient individuals. Yet, they are particularly sensitive beings. The slaughter of an individual is not trivial! Couples are faithful and most often stay together for life, to the point that when one of the partners dies, the other can remain alone for years, or even never again find a mate... Even in flight, they remain close to one another. And when the female broods her eggs, it is her companion who takes care of her and protects her. If we offer him a treat, he will not eat it but give it to her!

This bill must not be voted in! And if that were the case, we will attack it immediately before the Council for the State.

Julia Mothé
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In the subject

Four emergency interim proceedings in Bretagne and Pays de la Loire to save western jackdaws Western jackdaws: a massacre to be suspended in Morbihan. The hearing is on 25 May in Rennes

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Genny | Monday 14 January 2019

Laissez les oies voler...Marre de tous ces chasseurs qui tuent tout et n importe quoi...Je dis NON à la chasse aux oies..

SNico | Monday 14 January 2019

70% (et plus encore parfois) de populations d'oiseaux ont disparu lors des dernières années. Les causes sont multiples, majoritairement d'origine humaine. Bientôt avec l'aide des chasseurs, et du gouvernement qui les soutient, l'humanité pourra se vanter d'avoir atteint les 100% !
Protégeons les oiseaux, les animaux sauvages et leur environnement, car c'est aussi le nôtre. Mais pour combien de temps ?

elena | Sunday 13 January 2019

Je n'ai pas de mots pour signifier qu'il est vraiment temps d'arrêter les bêtises voire stupidités de certaines prises de décision de nos gouvernants ...

Liina | Sunday 13 January 2019

Contre absolument contre ces chasseurs qui ne respectent rien