The suspension by the Council of State of this practice, which targeted an endangered bird species, comes too late, according to Allain Bourgrain-Dubourg. The president of the LPO recalls that Barbara Pompili had authorized, at the end of August, the shooting of several thousand turtledoves.
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The Council of State decided Friday, September 11 to suspend the hunting of the turtledove – bird whose population has collapsed in Europe – for the 2020-2021 season. A decision which therefore opposes the direction taken recently by the Ministry of Ecological Transition which had authorized by a decree of August 28 the shooting of 17,460 turtledoves, despite the opposition of several associations including the League protection of birds (LPO).
If the LPO was able to win its case, Allain Bougrain-Dubourg, its president, guest of franceinfo on Saturday, September 12, denounces despite everything « contempt for the Ministry of Ecological Transition, which does not take into account scientific data, which does not take into account the will of citizens ». The president of the Bird Protection League believes he wasted time:« it took about a week [pour que le Conseil d’État rende sa décision]. And during that time, nearly 7,000 more turtledoves were shot. It is shameful or scandalous « , denounces Allain Bougrain-Dubourg.
He would like to stress that it is Europe that « turned to France and said, we want a ceasefire on this species. » The president of the LPO indicates that his association had seized the Council of State in summary « because we are dealing with a dying species which has lost 80% of its populations ». He recalls that in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, the LPO went to the Médoc every year on May 1 to deal with poachers.
There were more than a thousand who destroyed 30,000 turtledoves each year during the breeding season, while the birds arrived from Africa to come and flourish in the rest of Europe.to franceinfo
From 1970 to 1990, the association could count « at the Pointe de Grave north of the Médoc, passages that could represent more than 30,000 birds. The last count at the same place this year is 5,000 birds », deplores the president of the LPO.
Allain Bougrain-Dubourg also finds « pathetic » the hunters who demonstrate Saturday, September 12 in Prades (Pyrénées-Orientales) against the ban on glue hunting. « I feel like they are firing their last cartridges and I want to say, they shoot themselves in the foot ». According to him, the hunters « claim to be both the first environmentalists in France and they want to maintain a practice, a trapping which is really mistreatment for animals, which get stuck and which is not selective ».
The president of the LPO underlines that France « was the last country in Europe to tolerate this practice from another time ». « It is Europe which has forced us to do like all other countries and to turn the page on this practice », he adds. Recalling that hunting is a hobby, Allain Bougrain-Dubourg questions his practitioners: « In order to have fun, do we have to hit dying cash? This is unacceptable ».