a lawyer from Langon, candidate of the Animalist Party for the presidency of the Republic

While waiting for the big night, the Langonnaise lawyer now pleads the animal cause…

While waiting for the big night, the Langonnaise lawyer now pleads the animal cause in the courtrooms as much as in the media. From France Inter to Europe 1, she runs the morning shows of major radio stations, but also evening TV shows like Cyril Hanouna’s. “Unlike the other candidates, I have my professional activity. The audiovisual media are in Paris, it is not easy since Langon”, recognizes the mother of the family.

People in rural areas are very sensitive to animal welfare. It is even very unpleasant for them to be assimilated to hunters”

“Determined, tenacious and hardworking”, the lawyer from Langon is not alone. She has 5,000 activists behind her. Above all, his party founded in 2015 weighs, electorally speaking. Without any means, without media coverage, the Animalist Party won 2.2% in European elections. That is half a million votes for the list led by the unknown Hélène Thouy. Since then, almost all political parties have spoken of animal welfare. First victory.

Vegetarian at 7 years old

But who is Hélène Thouy? Aged 37, the candidate is from Entre-deux-Mers. From a village of 200 souls, between Langon and Sauveterre, whose name she concealed out of discretion. Today, she lives in La Réole where she has her habits on the Saturday market and has worked in Langon since 2013. We sometimes meet her at the zinc of the Flying Pig around a coffee, but not at the table, for lack of menu without meat. For lunch, Hélène Thouy prefers the canteen on rue Maubec Chez Estelle, with its vegetarian bowls, of course.

“It’s my region here. I have my friends, my family there. I grew up in contact with animals, between the vines and the forest,” she says. Like the children of the country, she goes to the Toulouse-Lautrec de Langon college, then to high school. An uneventful youth, except that the teenager has been a vegetarian since the age of 7. And today vegan.

“I saw my grandmother kill the chicken. It was very shocking to me. I understood that in order to eat animals, you first had to kill them. Animal suffering will be the fight of his life. With her sights set on intensive farming, hunting, bullfighting, practices and traditions well anchored in her native lands that she wants to banish forever.

“The parties despised us. Now they know that the animal cause is 500,000 votes. That’s a language they understand.”

” I know what I mean. I grew up with hunters around me. We often tend to say that people sensitive to animals are urban sores. In reality, people in rural areas are very sensitive to animal welfare. It is even very unpleasant for them to be assimilated to hunters, ”deconstructs the lawyer.

To disarm her adversaries a little more and blur the political benchmarks, Hélène Thouy tries an approach. “We have disagreements, but most hunters are, like us, against intensive breeding. They don’t allow a hen to live on a space as big as an A4 sheet. »

From the judicial arena to the political arena

Hélène Thouy decided as a teenager to move towards law studies with the aim of “defending animals”. Since then, she has been the recognized advocate for the animal cause in France, and in particular for the L214 association, at the forefront of the fight against slaughterhouses. She also crossed swords with her colleague and neighbor Master Michel Dufranc, mayor of La Brède, defender of the Union taurine de France.

“I am not surprised by his candidacy. She is a very well trained activist to defend these animalist ideologies imported from Anglo-Saxon countries and supported by the Gafam of Silicon Valley whose objective is to produce synthetic animal protein, ”draws Michel Dufranc in broad strokes.

From the judicial arena, Hélène Thouy moved on to the political arena “out of necessity”. “The parties despised us. Now they know that the animal cause is 500,000 votes. That’s a language they understand. This can make the difference in qualifying for the second round or obtaining public funding. But our goal is to do much more. We realize that people disgusted by politics turn to us. The animal cause is a cross-partisan belief. »

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