The Confédération paysanne has expressed its anger and concern as in areas at risk for bird flu, free-range breeders are required to lock up poultry.
Jean-Paul Gobin has been a poultry farmer for 35 years. But since the beginning of September, it has been placed in a risk zone in relation to the spread of avian flu. In all, nearly 540 municipalities are concerned. « They can spend the day outside, looking for additional food, grass, insects », explains the one who refuses to lock up his poultry, yet the rule to be respected. Jean-Paul Gobin advocates animal welfare; no question of locking up your animals, except at night.
The latter is normally required to lock up his 500 ducks in 60m² to avoid contamination. « People trust me. They are happy with the quality. If we change an essential criterion, we break a contract of trust », protests the breeder. Until now, small farms have benefited from an exemption, they now have the obligation. The Peasant Confederation is worried and fears a disappearance of 30% of these farm farms.