Ile-de-France associations and elected officials deplore cruel and sometimes ineffective practices. They propose to now look at non-lethal solutions.
“We call here on the government, but also on the presidential candidates, to take into consideration the question of so-called ‘preliminary’ animals”. In a column published in The Obsfourteen elected officials from the Ile-de-France are demanding the protection of pigeons, rabbits, but also stray cats and rats.
“We want them to stop being the great invisibles of animal condition and biodiversity, they write. We demand the deployment of tools intended to implement a peaceful coexistence with them.”
For these elected officials, these animals are often victims of received ideas.
“Poison, carbon dioxide, drowning”
In this forum, the signatories denounce in particular the use of “cruel methods” to kill rats: “mainly poison, but also carbon dioxide, drowning”. These practices are also in the sights of associations which point the finger at traps prohibited by a decree.
“The rat climbs on a kind of platform, described to BFM Paris, Dominique, member of the League of Animals, who explains how a trap works. As soon as he arrives on this platform, at the end there are seeds, but he never reaches them. He falls into the water, where according to our information, there is a product intended to slow down the decomposition of the rat.”
The League of Animals sent a letter to the city of Paris to ask them to remove these traps. But the latter has remained unanswered for two months.
For her part, Amandine Sanvisens, president of the Paris Animals Zoopolis association, wonders about the result of these rat extermination campaigns: “Today, the city of Paris spends a lot of money, I think it’s several million , every year to kill rats but for what result?
“Who is satisfied today? On the one hand, we have people who tell us: ‘no, we have them everywhere, but no, the town hall does nothing’. On the other hand, we, the animal protection association, consider that these methods are cruel, that are not acceptable, that these animals suffer, that they have internal bleeding. In the end, no one is satisfied,” she adds.
To change these practices, the elected officials propose to “no longer give in to the facility of getting rid of animals as soon as they disturb”. They thus recommend looking into non-lethal methods, “very little studied and which are little offered”: from contraceptive dovecotes to vaccines that inhibit the fertility of wild boars.
“Public and private research could allow us to find new non-lethal methods, ensuring population control, when necessary”, they conclude.
Published on February 13, the forum has so far remained unanswered.