Dozens of dead dolphins on the beaches of southwestern France, on the Atlantic coast; a catastrophe caused by fishing techniques that trap these animals in their nets, according to an animal protection association, the dead dolphins would amount to 200.
The strong wind weather conditions pushed their corpses towards the beaches where the injuries they had suffered could be seen.
Demonstration in front of the European Parliament in Brussels
Environmentalists ask the French Government and the European Union for a change in fishing techniques.
To force authorities to act, members of the environmental group Sea Shepherd deposited the bodies of seven dolphins, killed on French beaches, outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday. They also unfurled a banner proclaiming in English “Thousands of dolphins are killed every year in France so you can eat fish.”
“We went to the European Parliament because the French state does nothing, there are no effective measures to protect dolphins. The European Commission has asked France to act, but nothing has been done. We ask Europe to be more intransigent,” he explained. to the French agency AFP Frédéric Pizzol, co-director of the Sea Shepherd France mission.
Like other NGOs, Sea Shepherd France calls for a temporary halt to certain types of fishing at certain times of the year, when large numbers of dead dolphins wash up on shore.
French President Emmanuel Macron said last month that France must “improve (its) practices” to better protect dolphins from mounting losses, while reaffirming his support for fishermen.