Justice cancels the slaughter of the Bargy ibexes

Ibex in the Vanoise park, in Savoie.

May 18, 2022 at 2:07 p.m.,

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Ibex lovers can breathe. The slaughter of 170 ibexes from Bargy (Haute-Savoie), planned by the prefecture of the department to fight against the brucellosis epidemic, will ultimately not take place. On May 17, the administrative court of Grenoble suspended article 1 of the prefectural decree authorizing the removal of these ungulates. It’s the way of reason », welcomed at the microphone of France Inter Jean-Pierre Crouzat, of France Nature Environnement. The Association for the Protection of Wild Animals (Aspas) has meanwhile greeted a great collective victory » local environmental associations.

As told Reporterre in a recent article, the ibexes in question were suspected of having transmitted brucellosis to a bovine in November 2021. Despite a drastic drop in the prevalence rate of the disease in female ibexes in recent years, dairy producers remain very worried about the spread of zoonosis. In the event of infection of an animal, all the breeding is in fact likely to be sent to the slaughterhouse. In order to eradicate the disease, some producers are calling for the culling total » of the ibex herd.

Only the sampling shots have been suspended by the administrative court of Grenoble, specifies France Bleu. Captures are still allowed. Each year, a hundred of the 400 Bargy ibex can be captured and tested. Positive animals will be euthanized, and the others marked with a collar.

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