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Hunter shot dead during wild boar hunt in France

A 60-year old man has been shot dead while hunting wild boar in southeastern France in an incident which once again spotlights the country's problem with shooting accidents.

Hunter shot dead during wild boar hunt in France
According to police, it appears the victim was accidentally shot by one of his fellow huntersIllustration photo: AFP
The accident took place on Saturday morning at around 10 am in France's south eastern Var department.
 
The victim, who according to French press reports had around 30 years of hunting experience, was hit in the chest, prosecutor Bernard Marchal, told Var-Matin.
 
A total of around 15 hunters were taking part in the wild boar hunt, during which some of them were stationed at watchtowers.
 
According to local police, it appears the victim was accidentally shot by one of his fellow hunters. 
 
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Photo: AFP
 
The gendarmes told the French press that one of the hunters found the man lying on the ground with his rifle at his side. 
 
 
 
“I grew up learning how not to go outdoors during hunting season, making sure to wear brightly coloured clothes and pretty much being terrified of getting shot during those times because it's something that sadly happens very regularly,” Julia Kornig, who grew up in the Vauclause, told The Local.

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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