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Faced with mistreatment, deputies propose an animal rights defender

About thirty deputies of the presidential majority (LREM, Modem and Agir!) Propose to create an “Defender of animal rights”. With the “Parisian” this Friday, July 2, the deputy (LREM) of the Alpes-Maritimes, Loïc Dombreval explains that it would notably be a question of better enforcing the laws already in place.

This animal rights defender, “Simplified version and with less means” of the Defender of (human) rights or of the Defender of children’s rights, may be seized or informed by whistleblowers, on the same model, explains the elected, retired veterinarian.

As “the Parisian” reminds us, the idea of ​​such an independent function had in particular already been suggested by the former Minister of Justice Robert Badinter, on the occasion of a conference of the Animal Law Foundation (LFDA), two years ago.

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In addition to allowing a function to be dedicated to the protection of animals, Loïc Dombreval also hopes “To fit into the bosom of the law”, the sometimes illegal actions carried out by NGOs to warn about certain situations of cruelty, ” [substituant] ” the role of the state. What, underlines “the Parisen”, also to appease the relations between associations and breeders.

Act “with regard to existing texts”

The deputy assures him, this post will not be a hide-and-seek for protection policies which sometimes take time to emerge: “In breeding, in slaughter, I validate the analysis of NGOs: these uses [comme le broyage des poussins mâles] must stop! But the Defender of Rights will act with regard to the texts that exist. Nothing more and nothing less. “

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Asked by the daily, Agathe Gignoux, from the Compassion In World Farming (CIWF) association, sees this initiative favorably but remains cautious: ” He must [le Défenseur des Droits des animaux] have powers over breeding and not just over pets or in captivity. This is the bulk of the problem. But also where the economic stakes and the lobbies are the most important ”.

Last summer, the French were in favor of a shared initiative referendum (RIP) in order to propose to abolish in order to abolish, among other things, certain breeding and hunting practices judged by them. the most cruel. After the surprise score of the animalist party during the Europeans in 2019, politicians had also seized the subjects of the animal cause, which interest many French people and especially young people.

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