British man shot dead by hunter in southern France

A 25-year-old British man has died after being shot by a hunter near his home in south west France.

British man shot dead by hunter in southern France
Illustration photo: AFP

The man was reportedly chopping wood near his home in Lot, south west France, when he was hit by a hunter who was aiming at a wild boar during an organised hunt.

Frédéric Almendros, public prosecutor in Cahors, told French media: “The gunman thought he had identified a wild boar, but his shot caused the death of this young man who was not taking part in the hunt.”

A 33-year-old local man was taken into custody on suspicion of manslaughter.

The prosecutor added that the hunter “was not drunk”.

The case comes just days after a hunter was jailed for the 2018 fatal shooting of a British man who was mountain-biking near his home in the French Alps.

Every during the French hunting season there are dozens of accidental shootings, both of fellow hunters and passers-by.

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Although France remains on lockdown, local authorities in Lot had authorised hunting for deer and wild boar.



Member comments

  1. Aiming at a wild boar! They all say that don’t they? If they can’t tell the difference between a human and a wild boar they shouldn’t be allowed guns, never mind to hunt.
    I have hunters shooting 150-200m away in the woods behind me or in the valley opposite. There are a lot of homes within 600m of their ‘hunt’. Perhaps when those giving the hunt permissions are held personally responsible for the death and loss of freedom the rest of us have to put up with there might be some change in this disgusting pursuit.

  2. It’s the braindead that aren’t members of an organised hunt that are the real trouble. I’ve hunted since the age of eight but on family estates but now don’t hunt at all and think it should be banned because of the braindead that now do it.

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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.