Sunday, 03 July, 2022

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EU bans trapping of songbirds with glue

The European Union (EU) Court of Justice has banned the trapping of songbirds across the continent – especially in France.

The injuries suffered by the birds were acknowledged by the EU Court of Justice, which argued that the captured birds can sustain irreparable harm, since the glue can damage feathers.

“Article 9(1) and (2) of the Birds Directive must be interpreted as meaning that the fact that a method of capture of birds is traditional is not, in itself, sufficient to establish that another satisfactory solution, within the meaning of that provision, cannot be substituted for that method. Although traditional methods of hunting may constitute ‘judicious use’ authorised by the Birds Directive, the preservation of traditional activities cannot, however, constitute an autonomous derogation from the system of protection established by that directive.”

Court of Justice of the European Union

The Court noted that the Member States may derogate from the prohibition of certain methods of hunting, provided, inter alia, that those methods permit the capture of certain birds on a selective basis.

Animal rights groups have applauded the ruling as justified.

Although the French government had suspended glue trapping in 2020, it has not formally reacted to the EU Court rulling.