North: 20,000 signatures for the ban on cockfighting
Against cockfighting in the North, 20,000 signatures. These 20,000 people signed a petition addressed to the President of the Republic, the Ministers of Ecological Transition Christophe Béchu and Agriculture Marc Fesneau as well as the LFI deputy Aymeric Caron and the prefectures concerned. She condemns a “cruel practice” where “animals are raised in cages, they never see the light of day except when they are released into a ring to fight, there is terrible suffering for the animals”.
Although cockfighting is banned in France, it is still allowed in regions where the tradition is rooted (the former Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, Reunion and the West Indies). For Gabrielle Paillot, the instigator of this petition, tradition “is one thing, but cruelty is another, we are no longer in the Middle Ages, these are barbaric practices that no longer need to exist at the present time”, she continued by calling for an end to this practice “in the name of animal welfare”.
Doomed to die out
The prefecture of the North, for its part, recalled that these fights “are organized under controlled conditions”, and are held “only in airfields, already pre-existing (prohibition to open new ones, article L521-1 of the criminal code) held by the same person, which means that this activity is doomed to die out naturally”.
She also added that since it is a gathering of animals, “they must be declared to the Departmental Directorate for Population Protection (DDPP) which issues a formal authorization”, specifying that the DDPP counted a dozen airfields in the North.
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