Underground hunting with hounds: hunting down badgers was illegal!

Underground hunting with hounds: hunting down badgers was illegal!

Hunting
26.01.2024
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In Haute-Loire, decrees authorising digging out in the spring and summer have been cancelled by the legal system.

Similar decisions come one after the other for badgers! The Clermont-Ferrand Administrative Tribunal, who we referred to with AVES, FNE Aura, FNE Haute-Loire, and LPO Aura, confirmed that the additional period for underground hunting with hounds in the spring and summer of 2023 in Haute-Loire was illegal.

After having cancelled the decrees by the Allier and Puy-de-Dôme departments, the Administrative Tribunal has just proven us right: the additional period for underground hunting with hounds in Haute-Loire was illegal! With our partners, we have already obtained an urgent suspension of this decree before hunting has even started, which has allowed the lives of hundreds of badgers destined for certain death to be saved.

Once again, in this department, the prefect thought he could quite simply ignore the procedural rules set by law. The decree was passed with no information of badger populations having been communicated to the public! And as a result, you only need to slightly scratch the surface to see that in reality, prefects do not have any data and only authorise this type of hunting to find a hobby for hunters during the time when hunting with guns is closed…

We will continue the fight, department after department. To do this, we need your help: support us and sign the petition to get digging out banned and to get protection for badgers!

Translated from the French by Joely Justice

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