An investigation was opened in Châlons-en-Champagne after the participation of a small child in the finishing of a boar. (illustrative image)
JUSTICE – An investigation has been launched in Châlons-en-Champagne, especially for “to provoke a minor to commit an offence” and “moral abandonment of a minor”after the broadcast of a video showing a child finishing off a boar, encouraged by a hunter, we learned from the prosecutor’s office.
The prosecutor for Châlons-en-Champagne, Ombeline Mahuzier, told AFP that she had “opened an open investigation” for these two offences, as well as for “cruelty to an animal”.
The investigation was entrusted to the gendarmerie and the information “transferred to the children’s judge for educational assistance”she clarified.
The naturalist Pierre Rigaux, founder of the association “Nos Viventia” (We the living), on Monday shared the video on social networks in a blurred version, announcing the filing of a complaint.
A hunter teaches his son to finish a boar, the video is controversial on social networks… https://t.co/swxsq4gM43
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The Accused Hunter “had published it himself on his Facebook account” on November 22 before “delete it quickly”explained Pierre Rigaux to AFP.
the child “could have hurt himself”
“It’s a very violent scene”shows “an end to the hunt”where a wild boar caught by the dogs and cornered, tries to seek refuge » in blackberries, the naturalist described.
“The hunter and the child’s father film the scene”. On the pictures, “the child holds a knife and the father strongly insists that his son stab the boar or ‘stab’ it as he says”He continued.
“In this kind of hunting, the hunter finishes the animal with a bladed weapon when he cannot do it with a gun. Except that there he asks his son, who seems to be ten or twelve years old “explains Pierre Rigaux.
The little boy “Seems to be in trouble”and carries the awkward “several stab wounds”, he says. The hunter “Thus prolongs the boar’s suffering”while the child “could have hurt himself”.
The Criminal Code “only punishes cruelty to animals in captivity, domesticated or domesticated”. In this situation, “when he gets caught and the pain lasts”, “the concept of captivity could be preserved”advanced Pierre Rigaux.
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