The administrative court suspends hunting in Martinique until further notice

The prefect of Martinique must correct his copy about hunting. Last week, the administrative court of Fort-de-France decided to suspend the decree framing the opening of the practice in Martinique.

This decree issued on July 19 covered all bird hunting activities on the territory. Several associations, the League for the protection of birds (LPO), the association for the protection of wild animals (ASPAS), the association of friendly bird and nature watchers in the West Indies (AMAZONA), the association le carouge, the association for the study and protection of wildlife in the Lesser Antilles (AEVA), the association for the safeguarding and rehabilitation of the fauna of the Antilles (ASFA), took the text to court.

They believe that the State services have indicated too high quotas for the hunting of certain birds whose livestock is poorly known. These are the Red-necked Pigeon, Soursop Thrasher, Golden Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Rufous Dowitcher, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semi-palmated Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Wilson’s snipe, upland knot and blue-winged teal.

“The execution of the decree of July 19, 2022 is suspended insofar as it authorizes hunting without sufficient limitation” of these species specifies the court. In the decision that RCI was able to consult, the magistrates specify that this interim suspension does not deal with the merits of the case. We also learn that no representative of the prefecture attended the hearing.

Justice therefore heard only the arguments of bird protection associations.

All hunts are therefore suspended in Martinique until further notice. The hunting season was to last from July 31, 2022 to February 15, 2023.

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