Underground hunting, like several other hunting practices, is a discipline that animalists have systematically attacked for several years. This time it was in Haute-Garonne that the One Voice association was able to win its case by attacking the prefectural decree which was suspended by the Toulouse court.
The decree in question was to allow the crews to dig up the badger from May 15 until the opening of the hunt, but the court preferred to rule in favor of the animal association, judging that the damage attributed to the activities of the badger was not not justified. The prefecture did not provide any justification or sufficiently precise data on the damage observed in its decree, which left the door open to a legal attack.
For the court as for the association, if no damage is observed, there is no reason to take samples of badgers before the hunt.
One Voice considers that this decision will even be beneficial for nature since the badger digs large burrows which are then taken over by other animals, including the otter, when it decides to abandon it.
In a recent video, however, we saw what it could give when the animal returns to a burrow that it had abandoned. A badger could then be observed attacking foxes and killing them one by one.
Already last March, One Voice suspended pigeon hunting in the Aude for similar reasons, angering farmers who are the first witnesses of the damage caused by pigeons even if the prefecture did not report figures in its decree. .
It will become necessary to systematically trace the damage observed in the years to come so that the decrees can rely on solid data or risk seeing the regulation of ESOD species which destabilize biodiversity systematically suspended.