French court outlaws glue-trap hunting of songbirds

French court outlaws glue-trap hunting of songbirds

France was only EU country that continued to allow ‘barbaric’ practice

France’s highest appeals court has ruled that the hunting of songbirds with glue traps is illegal, saying an exemption that had permitted the practice was in breach of European legislation.

For generations, hunters mainly in the south of France have caught songbirds by coating branches of trees with glue, often using the singing of other caged birds to lure birds to land. Birds are caught for sport or food.

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