Petition: End Illegal Ortolan Hunting in France!

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The , also known as ortolan, is a songbird that’s tortured and eaten as a delicacy in France. The beautiful little birds migrate from Europe to Africa every year, but each migration season, hunters catch 30,000, which is ten percent of the population.

Ortolan is illegal in France, but the industry still thrives via a black market. The songbirds aren’t just caught and killed, but they they are tortured cruelly.

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To catch the birds, hunters use nets that entangle whole flocks as they fly or they apply glue to their favorite trees. When the birds are caught, they are forced to engorge themselves until they are plump and obese. Then the bird is drowned in brandy. This kills the bird while also marinating it.

Once dead, the ortolan is cooked, plucked, and served whole. It is also eaten whole, as diners stuff the entire bird in their mouth and crunch on everything except the feet. All this is also done with a napkin over their head.

Harry Wallop of The Telegraph says, “The napkin is partly to keep in all the aromas of the dish, partly to disguise you having to spit out some of the bigger bones.

But, mostly, because diners wish to hide the shame of eating such a beautiful creature from the eyes of God.”

Between 1980 and 2016, the ortolan population has decreased by 88 percent. This is due to the illegal French ortolan , but also habitat loss, agricultural practices, and climate change.

If you want this cruel practice to end, sign this petition telling France’s ecology minister Élisabeth Borne to put areal end to ortolan hunting!

This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 14 August 2019.


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Mel Green

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Claudia Binfa

Signed on August 9, 2019

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M Leybra

So France & it’s Ecology Minister has nothing on So. Africa as far as dealing w/ poachers or w/ Asians for that matter, known for eating any living creature that walks, flies, swims or crawls. Nope, France cant say anything but just put a napkin over their head while pigging out on a hapless songbird. Who knows, maybe their Ecology Minister Elizabeth Borne likes eating Ortolan bubtings in upscale restaurants w/ her politician peers. Who can afford on their salaries cause is likely a high priced specialty dish including the price of the napkin.

Michèle Haudebourg

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Janet Kenedy

What an Evil and Torturous thing to do to a Little Bird!!!!!!. Why travelers praise France, is baffling to me!!!!. BOYCOTT these Idiot areas of the World!!!!. They use Animal products in their makeups, etc. from Tortured Animals as well!!!!!!. They Torture Geese by Force Feeding to sell their over fattened Liver as Pate!!!!. These areas of the World get No Respect from Me, Ever!!!!!

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Done Aug 10 yet

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