Farmers regret not being warned upstream when a preventive slaughter of animals is decided.
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The Confédération paysanne du Béarn has filed an interim relief against the measures put in place in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques to fight against avian flu, has learned France Blue Béarn Bigorre. The hearing is due to take place on Monday February 15 at 11 a.m. at the Pau administrative court.
Since mid-November, the southwest of France has been affected by the avian influenza epidemic. To prevent the spread of the virus, when a source of contamination is detected, the infected animals are slaughtered as well as all ducks and poultry within a radius of 5 kilometers as a preventive measure. At the end of January, 112,000 ducks and chickens had thus been slaughtered in a preventive manner in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, reports France Bleu Béarn Bigorre. On franceinfo, on January 25, the Minister of Agriculture Julien Denormandie estimated that “nearly 2 million ducks were slaughtered“.
“We are against the preventive slaughter of healthy animals“, explains Jean-Louis Campagne, farmer in Momas and co-spokesperson for the Confédération paysanne du Béarn.”We are not warned in advance. In most cases the farmer receives a text message saying: tomorrow we are coming to remove your poultry. It’s still very brutal, very traumatic. All day long we look at our phones to know if we are going to be slaughtered or not, which generates anxiety and stress for the breeders.“, laments Jean-Louis Campagne. The Confédération paysanne 64 wants the decree to be repealed and then reworked so as to”make more human“.