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Frenchwoman cleared after stabbing neighbour’s dog to death to save her cat

A Frenchwoman has been cleared after a court in southern France judged her to have acted in self-defence after fatally stabbing the neighbour’s dog after it had attacked her cat.

Frenchwoman cleared after stabbing neighbour’s dog to death to save her cat
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The woman had been sitting on her sofa with her two children on Boxing Day last year (December 26th) when there was a big crash against their bay window.

She realised the neighbour’s hunting dog had escaped and to her horror was clutching their cat tightly in its jaws by the head.

She tried to get the dog to release the cat by throwing various objects at it, like a basket, a broom and then began hitting the dog with a chair.

But the dog clung on to the cat with its teeth. As she grew more and more desperate she pulled out a knife and stabbed the dog. 

While the dog let go, it was unfortunately too late to save the cat. The dog also died of the stab wound.

The 33-year-old mother was charged with violence, but this month a police court in Montpellier, south of France cleared her after judging she had acted in self-defence.

The court ruled that the dog had presented a danger to her children.

 

 

TOURISM

France’s Asterix park to shut down dolphin show

A major amusement park in northern France said on Monday it would close its dolphin and sea lion aquarium, the day before lawmakers start to debate new animal welfare rules.

France's Asterix park to shut down dolphin show
France has long discussed imposing stricter rules on using wild animals in amusement parks. Illustration photo: AFP

The dolphin shows are a popular attraction at Parc Asterix, which normally has some two million visitors a year, but have long been a target of animal rights activists.

“We've been thinking about this for several years,” the park's managing director Nicolas Kremer told Le Parisien newspaper, saying the site wanted to focus instead on rides and other shows.

He said the dolphins would be transferred to other aquariums in Europe in the next two months, adding: “Reintroduction in a natural environment is not possible for these animals raised in captivity.”

A ban on captive breeding of dolphins and other marine mammals as well as their use in shows is a key part of the draft law, with the debate due to begin on Tuesday.

A previous effort to outlaw the practices by decree in 2017 was thrown out by the Council of State, France's highest administrative court, but animal rights group have kept up pressure for the ban.

“These associations think that captivity is abuse, but I can tell you that we have always ensured the wellbeing of our animals,” Kremer said.

The park, based on the beloved Asterix the Gaul comics, is hoping to reopen for the busy summer season on April 3rd if coronavirus restrictions are lifted by then.

READ ALSO: Disneyland Paris to begin 'phased reopening' in July

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