ECJ leans towards French anti-hunting lobby

Claims by French anti-hunting groups that the government breached EU laws by extending the country's hunting season for certain birds in 2001 look set to be upheld by the European court of justice. Their position was supported yesterday by a court advisor in a case referred by France's council of state. The government was wrong to apply derogations in the 1979 EU wild birds directive to hunting for sport, the advisor argues (EED 13/02/01). The council has already overturned recent government attempts to extend the hunting season (EED 10/02/03). See opinion in case C-182/02.

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