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Persecution of captive wild animals sanctioned by the State Council

Persecution of captive wild animals sanctioned by the State Council

Mis à jour le 03 April 2023

For more than five years, we have been relentlessly fighting before the State Council to obtain the annulment of decrees successively implemented by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition regarding captive wild animals. Last Friday 17 February, we won a new victory with the partial cancellation of a decree that was encouraging trafficking and the elimination of wild animals.

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For years, we have stated that the Ministry for the Ecological Transition strives to implement laws that absolutely do not protect wild animals from misfortune and exploitation.

First appeal won five years ago

In 2018, under the cover of wanting to simplify the regulations on captive wild animals, they passed a decree that allowed all kinds of abuse and unnecessary actions, by providing for an easier detention system for wild animals, particularly their young, and without taking into account scientific knowledge relevant to them. Clearly, accompanied by our partners, we fought against it before the State Council and we obtained a partial cancellation of it.

Three years later, the government is doing it again!

Far from following their 2020 decision, the Ministry passed a new decree in March 2021, this time indicating that animals born in breeding farms were not taken into account in the calculation of the numbers given that they were juvenile.

This blatant disregard for laws and legal decisions is particularly shocking. Once again, the law paved the way for keeping and trafficking young wild animals, such as tiger or lion cubs, and pushed breeders to get rid of the young before they reached adulthood. On the strength of these findings, we immediately filed an emergency interim suspension proceeding, alone this time, asking for the partial cancellation of this shameful decree.

After a relentless fight, the State Council cancelled article 3 of the 2021 decree last Friday. Therefore, new wild animal births should be taken into account in the calculation of the numbers which will avoid an increase in trafficking and the elimination of the young. This decision is a true relief and — let’s be optimistic — should put an end to the long years of fighting before the administrative courts.

However, we are winning the battle but not yet the war: a new ministerial decree must be passed in the coming weeks to apply new rules. We will take care of this scrupulously and will never hesitate to take legal action to ensure that animals’ voices are heard and respected!

Translated from the French by Joely Justice

Jeanne Laurin
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RV | Tuesday 21 March 2023

C'est vraiment n'importe quoi la détention des 'tigreaux ou des lionceaux' était déjà soumise à APO et CdC dès le premier spécimen.
Votre action va seulement encourager les élevages d'agrément à détruire les oeufs de certains de leurs animaux. Ainsi en limitant les reproduction de spécimens captifs, vous encouragez l'importation et tous ses vices...

esyram | Monday 06 March 2023

Bravo à toute l'équipe de One Voice.
Votre pugnacité paie.
Continuez !

Shogun74 | Monday 27 February 2023

Nos Ministres ne soutiennent absolument pas la cause animale, c'est décourageant, révoltant, il faut se battre encore et encore, contre cette inaction !....

pouguy | Sunday 26 February 2023

Voilà une très bonne chose, mais ce n'est pas encore terminé