Animal welfare: launch of a call for expressions of interest to develop shelters for captive wild animals

In September 2020, the Ministry of Ecological Transition announced a reform in favor of captive animals from wild species.

After several months of work, law n° 2021-1539 of November 30, 2021 aimed at combating animal abuse and strengthening the link between animals and humans introduced many changes in our relationship with captive wildlife and included in the law this reform. This law provides in particular for the prohibition of keeping wild animals in itinerant establishments from 1 December 2028.

Committed to ensuring that the animals concerned have a future that respects their physiological needs and their well-being, the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion is today launching a call for expressions of interest to identify projects for reception of wild animals currently kept by itinerant establishments.

This call for expressions of interest is intended for:

  • establishments that are currently itinerant and that would become fixed structures such as refuges/sanctuaries for captive wild animals;
  • project leaders or current managers of fixed structures such as refuges/sanctuaries for captive wild animals.

These fixed establishments comply with the provisions of Article L. 413-1-1 of the Environment Code, defining refuges for captive wild animals. Shows will not be authorized there and, in the event of presentation to the public, the projects must highlight the pedagogical and educational nature of their activity. The reproduction of the animals housed there will be prohibited.

Candidate comment?

Project leaders can now send their project to the ministry ([email protected]) until August 6th. A first pre-selection phase will take place from August 8 to September 2, 2022. Pre-selected project leaders must then submit their detailed project before September 30, 2022. The projects selected at the end of the second selection phase could benefit from financial support, defined according to their needs.

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