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Boy shot in head while hunting with uncle

A nine-year-old boy was seriously injured on Sunday after being shot in a hunting accident in Mouchin, a rural community in the north of France near Lille.

The boy was with a group, including his uncle and four adult hunters, when he received a bullet in the head late in the morning, local police said.

The boy was transported by rescue officials to a hospital in Liille for treatment, La Voix du Nord newspaper reported.

The boy’s life was not in danger, the paper said.

Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the event.

Alcohol tests were conducted on all the adults accompanying the boy.

Meanwhile, another shooting accident claimed the life of François Corre, a 62-year-old hunter in Finistère, in northwestern France, on Sunday afternoon.

Corre apparently shot himself accidentally while with two other fellow hunters in Saint-Jean-du-Doigt, France-Ouest reported.

The incident occurred as he was traversing a fence separating two fields.

His colleagues called for emergency help but rescue officials were unable to resuscitate the man.

An investigation into the incident continues.

The accidents occurred as hunting season remained in full swing across rural areas of France.

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HUNTING

France bans glue trapping of birds after EU court ruling

France's top administrative court said on Monday that glue hunting of birds would be prohibited, revoking exemptions granted by French authorities for a traditional practice that has long been denounced by animal rights campaigners.

France bans glue trapping of birds after EU court ruling
A demonstration of hunters to denounce the ban on glue hunting, in south-west France in 2020. Photo: RAYMOND ROIG / AFP.

The State Council’s move comes after the EU Court of Justice said in March that using so-called glue traps caused “irreparable harm” to the thrushes and blackbirds that are caught.

The birds are then used to lure others to the waiting hunters, who say they are later cleaned of the sticky material, called birdlime, and released. But critics say the technique invariably leads to the capture of a wide variety of birds that are often injured, including having their feathers damaged or torn off.

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France was the last EU member to still authorise the traps with an annual quota of 42,000 birds, mainly in southern France, though President Emmanuel Macron suspended the hunt last August pending the EU court ruling.

Two campaign groups had brought a case against the French environment ministry arguing that the practice constituted animal cruelty.

Activists say that 150,000 birds die annually in France from non-selective hunting techniques such as glue traps and nets at a time when Europe’s bird population is in free-fall.

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