These are images that animal abusers do not like.
Hobby hunters in southern France are distraught.
Within a short period of time, their animal cruelty facilities were repeatedly destroyed because of a technique they practiced in Provence for trapping blackbirds and thrushes, which is very controversial.
“That’s a real command,” Eric Camoin rants.
“There are several who came here to reconnoiter and then destroy everything – on a full moon night!”
A fortnight earlier similar destruction had been recorded in the departments of Vaucluse and Var.
Near the destroyed posts were found signs calling hunters murderers or animal rights activists.
The chairman of the national association for the defense of the traditional thrush hunt, who invited the local press to express his “weariness”, said: “This is the tenth time this has happened.”
He said: “Whether one likes these practices or not, that’s another debate. I’m not asking you to love the hunt.
Everyone is free in their opinion. But at a certain point you can’t take it all and just destroy it.”
A hunt that sparks debate
“Hunting with glue is part of our heritage,” says Gérard Guidice, President of the Marignane Hunting Society.
“Here we are in Provence. If you attack this kind of hunting, you attack our culture!”
In fact, glue hunting, practiced mainly in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, is regularly denounced by environmentalists and animal rights activists.
At the end of August, Emmanuel Macron decided to suspend the hunt with glue for this season, denounced by environmentalists and bird conservationists.
The gesture was also in response to orders from the European Commission that gave France three months in early July to phase out this illegal hunting method, which a 2009 directive bans barring an exemption.
“There are clubs that stir up hatred against this practice and groups behind it do the dirty work,” according to Eric Camoin.
“We’ve filed complaints,” says Eric Camoin. “However, the gendarmes and police officers don’t even come by.
They don’t care. They receive the complaints and file them. We can’t go on like this.”
“One day we will attack the perpetrators,” says a hunter from Marseille, who prefers to remain anonymous.
We’ll get her. We manage to hunt every kind of animal, so we’ll get them!
This is not a death threat, but a warning…”. (!!!)
Eric Camoin is concerned: “There will be drama. There will be a catastrophe because sooner or later we will find it.
We won’t give up and we’ll manage to find out who it is.
If a hunter comes across a guy destroying a post, I don’t know how the guy will react!”
France remains the only EU country that still allows glue hunting. The hunters are demanding urgent intervention from the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, at the risk of the amateur hunters becoming the police themselves.
The activists anonymously left the following “message”:
English : Action Stop Hunting Animals in France
“The murderers and animal killers are still cracking down, which is why the members of ALF came back to destroy 21 hunting houses. Real structures in nature with concrete roof steel beams … empty cartridges left to pollute the community.
Armed psycopathes who cut open and put perches to kill all kinds of animals such as thrushes and blackbirds!
You degenerates, have you not seen that there are almost more birds …
For the birds, mumps and other animals you raise, feed and hunt, ALF will always be there.
Also learn to count band of “shit hunters”, not 18 but 21 more cisterns”
And I mean…Hunting birds with so-called limesticks fundamentally violates EU law.
Limestick hunting was once used throughout France to capture and eat songbirds.
Hence the trick with the sticky mass.
This is how you can catch birds without hurting their bodies.
Today, however, the hunt has become more of a competition of murders, where it is all about who catches the most blackbirds or other thrushes.
We’ve been protesting the brutal and illegal method of killing birds with limesticks for decades.
Even the EU Commission warned France’s hunters in July 2020 to end this “illegal form of hunting”.
Apparently, however, the hunters of France do not want to civilize and they still practice their murderous and illegal hunting techniques in the 21st century, in the heart of Europe, in the name of tradition and heritage..
If the hunters from Provence want to take revenge, then they still have to practice a bit.
We show solidarity with the courageous activists.
We say “Thank you”!
My best regards to all, Venus