Rejected animal rights advocates in France escalate guerilla strategy. For many years the animal rights movement, rejected by both the politicians and the people in the land of foie gras, grappled to gain grip in France, Europe’s largest producer and consumer of red meat, where one billion animals are butchered a year.
Sébastien Arsac, co-founder of one of the country’s most vocal animal rights organizations; L214 Éthique et Animaux said that animal welfare was never a cause that could please the crowd among French politicians, though the public consents that animals should not be harmed.
So when Mr. Arsac and the organization’s other co-founder, Brigitte Gothière, heard Emmanuel Macron, now president, promise fundamental protection for animal welfare during the 2017 election campaign, they thought they had found a friend. Mr. Macron vowed to establish close circuit televisions in slaughterhouses and to prohibit the trade of eggs from caged hens from 2022, two of L214’s top priorities.
However, since French legislators are discussing a law on agriculture and nutrition this week Mr. Macron’s government have sullied the erstwhile campaign agreement slamming L214’s aspirations that they could construct paths with the sustenance of political leaders.
So their activists following the footsteps of identically minded groups in other countries involving the US are generating a campaign of guerrilla tactics, wishing to disturb the parliament into modifying the governments suggested law.
They lately disclosed a series of slyly recorded videos that portray the paucity of hygiene on massive egg farms, and the distressing conditions in which distressed hens are kept tweaking out one another’s feathers and treading on rotting corpses in their cages.