France bans controversial bird hunting techniques

France’s top court on Friday banned more traditional bird hunting techniques following a similar ban in June on glue-trap hunting.

The newly-banned techniques include practices popular in France’s southwest regions and the Ardennes region in the east, such as hunting with nets or bird cages.

The decision came as the European Union as a whole has recorded declining bird populations for decades.

Environment activists welcomed the ban, saying that 150,000 birds die annually in France from non-selective hunting techniques such as glue traps. But some France’s hunters denounced the move, saying that these techniques are part of the passion for hunting.

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