VIDEO. A three-legged deer shot near a house in the Oise, Internet users ignite

In this screenshot from AVA’s video, it’s clear that the downed deer lost its leg a long time ago. (©Capture AVA)

UN hound hunting crew killed two deer Saturday October 15, 2022 in the Compiègne forest in the Oise department. According to collective AVA (Let’s abolish the venery now) which tracks the hunts each week, one of the animals tracked by the pack of dogs has been shot on private property a few tens of meters from a dwelling.

The deer only had three legs

Worse, the hunted animal was crippled, deprived of its left front paw. The images of the video posted online by the collective leave no doubt as to the handicap of the animal.

However, according to a ministerial decree of February 25, 2019, modifying a text of 1982, on which the opponents of hunting are encouraged, ” In great venery, when an animal is at bay or on the farm (on its way, caught, forced or running hallali) and that it is near dwellings, adjoining private gardens, it must be pardoned. »

The question is whether the deer is well within the protected perimeter due to the nearby house. The lethal shot is indeed produced in a pasture occupied by breeding horses, separated from the garden of the house by a fence…

The dogs had been stalking another deer for two hours

Galloping on three legs, the deer was chased by the pack when it had been introduced for two hours on the trail of another animal. The dogs would have abruptly turned away on the trail of the three-legged deer.

He managed to jump a fence but quickly found himself surrounded by dogs. It was there, in a field welcoming horses, that the prickly, leader of the pack in charge of killing game, shot and killed it.

A storm of indignation, the prefect of Oise arrested

Posted on social media, the video revealed a storm of outrage. Hundreds of comments denounce “an act of torture”, “a medieval barbarism“, “scandalous, sickening, miserable”… The hunters are willingly described as “ band of bloodthirsty lawless…” and even “psychopaths”

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A large number of Internet users are surprised that the gendarmes present near the hunt were left to their own devices. They speak directly to the prefect of the Oise: “Shoot less than 100 m from a dwelling! Will you react? This is the second time and the first time there has been a 15-day suspension! They still haven’t understood! »

The crew concerned had indeed been hit with a 15-day suspension last January after shooting a deer which had taken refuge in a housing estate in Morienval.

A sanitary shot according to the hunters

If the communication officer of the crew concerned has not answered our calls, the master of another crew contacted by News Oise, who had heard of this three-legged deer shot in the forest of Compiègne, indicates that in this case we can speak of “sanitary shooting. Deprived of one of its legs, the animal was doomed. “.

Everything is a question of point of view… If on the side of the hunters, the animal could indeed seem doomed because of its infirmity.

But if on the side of the defenders of the animal cause, the deer was in no way condemned since the loss of its leg obviously dates from a very long time, and should even be protected.

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