An association opposes the practice of badger hunting in Loire-Atlantique and Mayenne

An association opposes the practice of badger hunting in Loire-Atlantique and Mayenne
An association opposes the practice of badger hunting in Loire-Atlantique and Mayenne

A hearing was held this Monday, May 13 at the beginning of the afternoon at the administrative court of Nantes, on the subject of underground hunting, also called digging up. The One Voice association is taking legal action to suspend the prefectural decrees authorizing this type of hunting in Loire-Atlantique and Vendée. A practice considered cruel by animal rights defenders.

Underground hunting involves chasing badgers from their underground burrows using dogs. Once released, the animals are then taken and killed by hunters. Hunting can also concern other species, such as foxes. “It can last for hours“, according to Nicolas Yahyaoui, lawyer and campaign manager for the One Voice association. “The killing is then carried out in a violent manner. It’s painful for the badgers, but also for the injured dogs. All in the name of a hobby“.

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Concerning the action carried out in Loire-Atlantique and Mayenne, the Nantes administrative court should therefore render its decision in the coming days. In total, six hearings are planned throughout France during the month of June to suspend the prefectural decrees of several departments.

“We are fighting the wrong fight”

On the hunters’ side, the argument of recreational hunting is difficult to pass. “It is the only method of hunting that makes it possible to regulate badger populations.“, reacts Denis Dabo, the director of the Loire-Atlantique hunting federation. “We are talking about animals that create big problems on road and rail infrastructure. The tram-train between Nantes and Châteaubriant was, for example, stopped because badgers had dug under the train rails. The work had cost the SNCF hundreds of thousands of euros“.

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Hunters also insist on the fact that badgers are now installed in all the municipalities of Loire-Atlantique. According to their counts, their population has tripled in the space of almost 15 years throughout the department. “We also find damage in the fields, on farmers’ plots“, notes Denis Dabo. “If we ban this hunting, the affected people will always seek to find solutions. And they won’t necessarily be the best“.

If underground hunting is suspended in Loire-Atlantique and Vendée, poaching could also take over. “But poaching is illegal, and in this case, the State must sanction.”, according to Nicolas Yahyaoui. According to the One Voice association, between 400 and 600 badgers are taken using underground hunting in Loire-Atlantique.

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