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Crazy crow harasses French cleaning lady

An aggressive crow has been harassing a cleaning lady in a town near Belfort in the east of France. Authorities have decided to hunt the bird down.

Full image disclosure: this is not the crazy crow.
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“I don’t dare leave the house, and when I do, I always have a knife with me,” said 45-year-old Patricia Gasser in an interview with the daily Paris Normandie.

“I don’t eat anymore, I can’t sleep, and I can’t bear it any longer.”

Gasser said a large black crow is following her around and has attacked her four times since June.  

“Once I was going to work, driving in my car with the window down,” says Gasser.

“It nosedived into the car, gripped my arm and fought with me until I managed to push it out.” 

The mother-of-four said the crow usually attacks her in the morning and when she is alone.

Belfort authorities have decided to shoot the bird but have found it difficult to track down the avian attacker. 

On Wednesday, authorities agreed to step up the hunt to kill the crow.

In a statement, town officials said they would do everything in their power “to enable the person under threat to rediscover her tranquility as quickly as possible.”  

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Paris authorities to shut down bird market over cruelty concerns

The Paris city council on Wednesday agreed to shut down a live bird market operating in the historic centre close to Notre Dame cathedral, responding to rights activists who called it a cruel and archaic operation.

Paris authorities to shut down bird market over cruelty concerns
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The bird market on Louis Lepine square in the centre of the French capital has long been a fixture in Paris, operating close to the famous flower market.

But Christophe Najdovski, Paris' deputy mayor in charge of animal welfare, said that the market was a centre for bird trafficking in France while conditions for the birds were not acceptable.

“This is why we are committed to changing the regulations to ban the sale of birds and other animals,” he said.

The closure had been urged by activists from the Paris Animals Zoopolis collective who had called the practice of showing the caged birds “cruel and archaic”.

France and Paris have in the last months adopted a series of measures aiming to show they are at the forefront of efforts to protect animal welfare.

The government said in September it planned to “gradually” ban mink farms as well the use of wild animals in travelling circuses and dolphins and orcas in theme parks.

Parc Asterix, which normally has some two million visitors a year, announced last month it would close its dolphin and sea lion aquarium.

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