L214 and a naturalist carried out an investigation in a bird farm located in Missé in Deux-Sèvres. By broadcasting images of corpses this Thursday, they denounce the conditions of breeding of these animals intended to be killed by hunters.
These are images of one of the largest animal farms for hunting that are released this Thursday by L214. The animal protection association launches a new paving stone in the pond, this time denouncing the conditions in which thousands of birds are raised. The photos and videos were taken in a breeding farm located in Missé in Deux-Sèvres by a whistleblower.
Pierre Rigaux, an independent naturalist specializing in hunting, has also conducted an investigation with L214, on this breeding which belongs to the Gibovendée group whose head office is located in Vendée. He denounces the conditions of detention of birds. « We see birds which are used as breeders which are placed in very small cages in which they are kept to lay eggs. Gibovendée is the leading company in France. It is estimated that nearly 40,000 birds are bred. on the Missé site, these are only breeding birds « explains Pierre Rigaux, who also denounces the living conditions of these birds.
« To give birth to birds to shoot them »
The principle of these farms is to sell the chicks to the hunters, but what scandalizes these defenders of animals are the living conditions of the breeders.
“There is a gigantic production of birds at this site, partridges and pheasants. It is shocking to breed birds to shoot at them. The birds are in tiny cages, it is ‘intensive breeding for hunting,’ protested Pierre Rigaux.
Investigators also denounce a high death rate due to the too high density of birds per cage.
They kill each other because they are too tight, that’s why we put utensils over their beaks to limit aggression between them. There are a lot of corpses.
Contacted by telephone, Mr. Bourasseau, President of the Gibovendée company, responds to the accusations of the L214 association.
The violence of L214’s images is very strong. The images shown are absolutely neither objective nor representative of what is being done on this Deux-Sèvres site.
In this interview, the President of Gibovendée indicates that « what is annoying is that the amalgamation that can be made between the images which show animals which are in nest boxes (and which are at the end of seasonal laying) and which do not at all aim to be released into the wild and the other animals which are on several tens of hectares (with large aviaries, and game culture in aviaries). Where there, these animals, are really produced to be put back into the wild. These are bred for these reasons. «
He adds that « the film shows the amalgamation between the two categories of animals. It is extremely embarrassing. The partisan side of this film obviously does not show these other animals, in aviaries, installed on very many hectares. »
A complaint is filed
Mr. Bourasseau also indicates that he filed a complaint this Thursday morning for violation of private property and intrusion into a locked building. In addition, Mr. Bourasseau adds that the behavior of the animals is unusual since they are in the presence of individuals who are not used to working or entering farms. In addition, they do not wear specific and identical outfits, so that the animals get used to their presence.
« A partial, oriented and partisan vision of this activity »
According to L214, Gibovendée would own 300,000 pheasants and breeding partridges, the company would produce 20 million hatching eggs every year as well as one million birds ready to be released.
L214 calls on lawmakers to ban the breeding of these animals intended for hunting. They are also launching a petition to demand Eurotunnel to end the transport of these animals to England. Gibovendée would make a third of its turnover by exporting to the United Kingdom.
The video broadcast this Thursday by L214
L214 unveils shocking images of an animal hunting farm located in Deux-Sèvres
MAP – Gibovendée Company – Missé (79)