The government has submitted several draft decrees for consultation regarding traditional bird hunting, but they were rejected by the Council of State in 2021 and risk violating European law.
The texts, open for review from July 21 to August 10, concern “catching lapwings and golden plovers with nets” in the Ardennes, “catching skylarks with pantes” (nets) in the Gironde, Landes, Lot-e. -Garonne and Atlantic Pyrenees, as well as the capture of field larks using matolei (cages) in Landes and Lot-et-Garonne.
The draft decrees will make it possible to capture more than 100,000 birds of these different species.
At the same time, it is clarified that “the decision to publish these draft texts will take into account the decision of the State Council on the merits of the ongoing litigation regarding the ruling on quotas for this method of hunting for the 2021 season.” 2022″.
In October 2021, a judge in the State Council chamber, urgently seized by conservationists, suspended government regulations allowing traditional bird hunting.
Following the first cancellation in August 2021 by the country’s highest administrative court of several hunting permits (for blackbirds, blackbirds, lapwings, golden plovers, netted or caged larks), the judge considered that the government had adopted these new regulations on the same basis, which could lead to to a violation of European law, and that thus a “serious doubt as to their legality” has arisen.
The European Birds Directive of 2009 prohibits methods of mass trapping of birds without distinction of species. Retreat is possible “provided it is duly motivated and provided + there is no other satisfactory solution + the trapping of certain birds”.
The Ministry of Ecological Transition promises in draft regulations “continued training of practitioners with a view to teaching them the mandatory rules for this traditional hunt in accordance with European Union legislation”, “exercising controls”, “a device for listing the catches made” or even “obligations to avoid animal suffering”.
“The second ecological five-year term promised by Emmanuel Macron will not last long,” responded Allen Bougrin Dubourg, president of the League for the Protection of Birds (LPO), as bird populations in fields in France decline.
“If the decrees are signed, the LPO will attack them directly in front of the State Council,” he warned in a press release.
Since his first five-year term, President Emmanuel Macron has made several decisions in favor of the hunters, an electorate whose favor he wants to curry favor with.