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No liming in 2020-2021? If the hunters attack they will once again find us blocking their path.


Mis à jour le 06 August 2020

The Court of Justice of the European Union was challenged once again by the Council of State on the 'Birds' directive following our complaint. And Barbara Pompili is now very seriously considering banning liming for the 2020-2021 season. It's no great surprise that the hunters are up in arms. But if they attack the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy we shall once again be there to defend the birds and show our support for this paradigm shift, which we have been calling for for years.

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A cruel 'game' finally reaching its end

Hunters in five departments in the south-east of France insist on continuing their cruel tradition, which consists in killing birds by trapping them using glue smeared on branches, a practice known as liming. Terrified, all the poor birds that become stuck struggle, are injured and sometimes die in these traps, which, moreover, are not selective. These specialist hunters can repeat until they're blue in the face that they release the small birds belonging to species they are not targeting, but by then the harm has already been done: many die from their injuries or from stress, or are used as decoys to attract other birds and are held captive for months. Poaching isn't mentioned but everyone knows that it exists.

Last year, following our request to the Council of State relating to the 2018 decrees, the European Union had clearly called France to order on the 'Birds' directive.

Was the message of the European Court of Justice heard?

At the end of April 2020 the European Court of Justice once again responded favourably to our request for a ban on liming in France, submitted as part of our complaint about the decrees of 2019 on these traditional ways of hunting birds (by liming but also using cage traps, stone-traps, claps nets and other types of net). On that occasion the Council of State once again asked Europe to take it up with the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.

Whereas her predecessors had scarcely been appointed when they rushed to sign the decrees concerned, Barbara Pompili recently spoke out in favour of reducing the quota of birds trapped using lime to zero for the 2020-2021 season. And for a good reason! This decision is the culmination of the years of fighting the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, which wouldn't budge. We are therefore delighted about the announcement by the new Minister of this long-awaited change.  

The hunters are in 'complete disagreement' – and who could have thought that they would react otherwise when their sadistic pastime could be taken away from them? – and are expected to take legal steps to protect liming. We have already faced down the elected representatives supporting this lobby at the European level. We shall not hesitate to go into the attack once again if it proves necessary. Meanwhile, to urge that traditional hunting be banned, please sign our petition!

Translated from the French by Patricia Fairey

Julia Mothé
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Valerie | Sunday 02 August 2020

C'est tout simplement ignoble et dégueulasse.
Je ne veux plus que ça se pratique.

Jac | Saturday 01 August 2020

Les chasseurs, des gens sans cœur..

pasc | Saturday 01 August 2020

La cruauté doit cesser, stop à ces barbaries d'un autre âge.

Agathe | Friday 31 July 2020

L'horreur subit par les animaux m'empêche de vivre. Ils ont des centres nerveux comme nous, des sentiments comme nous, et pas de mots, parfois même pas de cris pour exprimer leur souffrance. Ce qui laisse aux lâches le loisir d'un sommeil paisible.