we dig up the hatchet for the badger

“Underground hunting is particularly cruel”

Remember that a similar order had already been issued in the department in December 2020, as a precaution, since the badger is one of the vectors of bovine tuberculosis, a devastating disease for…

“Underground hunting is particularly cruel”

Remember that a similar decree had already been issued in the department in December 2020, as a precautionary measure, since the badger is one of the vectors of bovine tuberculosis, a devastating disease for cattle – which can be fatal for animals. man – and which led to the destruction of entire herds in Lot-et-Garonne (a hundred animals, suffering from bovine tuberculosis, were slaughtered at the beginning of July 2021 in Dolmayrac). A decree broken in July 2021 by the Administrative Court of Bordeaux, after an appeal by the One Voice association.

High child mortality

For Aquitaine Ecologists, the badgers, “discreet, nocturnal, peaceful”, are not completely weaned on May 15, “they remain dependent on their mother, in order to survive, at least until August. […] On the other hand, the juvenile mortality observed in this species is very high, around 50% the first year, mainly due to road traffic. Therefore, the introduction of an additional period of underground hunting to regulate the populations seems totally out of step with reality. »

The Ecologists also argue that “the presentation note of the draft decree does not mention any precise census of the number of individuals of the species in Lot-et-Garonne. To be able to justify a need to regulate, it would be necessary at least to have a prior and serious count of the populations concerned. “Underground hunting is particularly cruel,” add the opponents of this hunt.

Protect Livestock

On the side of the hunters, we suspect that the arguments differ. “The early opening of the badger hunt only by digging was broken last summer, and a new version must be presented, hoping that the opponents do not win again. We are asking for this hunt to open from May 15 until September 14, ”explains Michel Auroux, president of the Lot-et-Garonne hunting federation.

“The greens are completely off the mark”

“The ecologists are completely off the mark, he continues, it’s a real shame and it risks destroying all the cattle breeding in the department. The badger is not at all a species in a bad state of conservation. It is only regulated in the summer to protect livestock, as it is a healthy carrier of tuberculosis. And from the month of May, we hunt by digging in priority in the burrows located near the farms, at the request of the farmers, whom we put in contact with approved hunting crews. We regulate before the disease appears, and this is complementary to trapping in infected areas. Why prohibit this hunt, recognized and approved by our supervisory ministries, which is truly ecological. »

(1) According to the prefecture, the public consultation procedure ended on May 2. The summary of the observations collected will be published in the collection of administrative acts. At the end, given the legal deadlines, the prefectural decree authorizing the additional period of underground hunting of the badger could be signed and published in the coming days. The draft prefectural decree provides for its establishment from May 15 to September 14, 2022.

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