The poaching acts “call into question our conservation actions”, underlines the Athénas Center, punctuating its remarks with the hashtag #BalanceTonBraco.
The idea is to “break the law of silence”, to “free the speech” of people who may have elements allowing to identify the author of an act of poaching and to “prevent it from happening again”, explains Gilles Moine, director of the Center Athénas, based in the Jura.
“Denouncing a crime of attacking the common heritage is not shameful, it is a civic act”, estimated the association on its Facebook page, considering it “a shame” to “commit this crime, to know the author and say nothing “. “We do not want to replace the investigators of the French Biodiversity Office (OFB) and the gendarmerie, but to help them by providing them with convincing elements”, assures Gilles Moine.
A judicial inquiry was opened by the Besançon prosecutor’s office for “illegal destruction of protected species”.
This offense is punishable by a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a fine of 150,000 euros. This is “the third proven illegal destruction of lynx” in France in 2020, the regional directorate for the environment, planning and housing said in a statement in early January (Dreal).
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