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Updated on 08/01/2019 | 15:35 – published on the 08/01/2019 | 2:35 p.m.

Hunting with glue, tendon or matole. These three traditional hunts are heavily criticized by animal advocates. However, these techniques persist and remain authorized in certain regions of the Hexagon.


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The defenders of birds have been fighting for years against this method: the hunt for glue. This "traditional" hunt, which dates from the time of ancient Greece, consists of capturing birds using wooden sticks coated with glue and placed on trees or bushes. Considered "cruel" by animal advocates, this technique is still used. On December 28, 2018, the Council of State even granted a derogation to authorize the hunting of the glue in five departments – Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhone, Var and Vaucluse – for a selective capture of thrushes and blackbirds.

On the other hand, animal advocates and some politicians do not agree with this notion of "selective capture"."It is a hunting that is not selective (…) we must protect the protected species. We must protect the birds who may inadvertently stick to sticks coated with glue that is not intended for them "said Environment Minister Laurence Abeille (EELV). The League for the Protection of Animals has announced that it will file a complaint with the European Commission.

Other traditional hunting techniques persist as the hunt for matole. The animal is captured by dropping a small iron cage on it. Bougrain Dubourg, president of the Bird Protection League, judges this practice "completely illegal ". The tendon hunt requires the use of a large flat stone kept raised with twigs. By the way, the bird drops the sticks and is then trapped, crushed by the stone.

In 2009, a European directive bannedmethods of capture or mass killing or non-selective killing"birds but still provided for derogations.