Wednesday afternoon, the prefect of Haute-Loire, Nicolas de Maistre, met with the National Federation of Farmers’ Unions (FDSEA) and the Young Farmers to discuss vulture attacks which have taken place in the department in recent weeks. Also present were representatives of the National Biodiversity Office (OND).
“We have presented the facts on the seven attacks we have had in ten days,” says Laurine Rousset, president of the Young Farmers. The people from the OND explained to us the behavior of the vultures. They did not deny the possibility of attacks, despite the fact that these birds are considered scavengers. We then tried to understand where these vultures came from, but no one was able to give us the answer. “
“Against the setting up of rendering squares in the department”
The two most important demands formulated by the agricultural union are the possibility of carrying out firing shots, and compensation in the event of an attack. But on this last point, Laurine Rousset seems not very confident: “This is likely to be complicated, since they are protected animals. “
A meeting without hassle
“Whoever it is, we are against the setting up of rendering squares (a place where breeders deposit themselves dead animals to feed the vultures, note). On other departments, this solution has been tested and it has failed. The concern is that with that, we will go into breeding, and we especially do not want that. We are not against the presence of vultures, as soon as they are five or seven like fifteen or twenty years ago. But not masses of thirty or even a hundred, it is not possible! “
Attacks of vultures having taken place in Lozère and in Aveyron, the prefects of these different departments must now coordinate on the responses to be made. “They will try to refocus all the problems and find the best solutions together. “