The deputy (Nupes) of the first constituency Bénédicte Taurine tabled, on October 18, 2022, a bill on herd protection dogs in mountain pastures.
There are calendar coincidences that make you smile. On October 18, 2022, a large demonstration took place in the city center of Foix to “defend rurality”, according to its organizers. That day, six agricultural and rural officials appeared before the criminal court of the county city for obstructing the freedom to demonstrate during a rally organized in La Bastide-de-Sérou on May 5, 2018. The court’s decision was put under deliberation on November 29th.
At the same time, the deputy for the first constituency Bénédicte Taurine, elected under the banner of the New Popular Ecological and Social Union (Nupes), tabled a bill on herd protection dogs in the National Assembly. “Since 2017, I have been listening to rurality in its diversity. My objective with this proposal is to modify legal regulations that are no longer appropriate, in particular due to the presence of predators”, she explains. in preamble. Obvious reference to the bear, which was reintroduced in the mid-2000s in the Pyrenees and which has since been a source of many tensions. “Major issues arise. In the mountains, there is a risk of incident conflicts or even bites with different users.” A danger which had been raised in particular by the president of the Ariège Pastoral Federation, Alain Servat, during the summer of 2022.
“I propose that the State take charge of the damage caused to third parties by these guard dogs. However, I include in the bill the possibility for the State to take recourse action if it is proven that the breeder or shepherd has deliberately breached an obligation of safety or prudence.” The text was submitted to the Minister of Agriculture on October 27, during the State-parliamentarian-elected meeting and Ariège agricultural associations, in Paris.