© AFP/File / by Loïc VENNIN | French livestock breeders say wolves are a growing threat to their animals
SEVERAC-LE-CHATEAU (FRANCE) (AFP) – Hundreds of farmers, shepherds and politicians rallied in Aveyron, southern France, on Saturday calling for action to halt the slaughter of livestock by packs of wolves.
The demonstrators gathered more than 3,000 sheep, about a hundred cattle and a few horses in a field to represent the number of animals killed by wolves in France in recent months.
“They tell us that 80 percent of French are in favour of the wolf, but that’s because these people don’t know the reality,” said shepherd Melanie Brune.
Sheep grazing near Aveyron, southern France
Brune and other livestock breeders were calling for government action to tackle the problem.
So far this year, wolves have killed 4,153 animals in France, according to an official government tally.
In 2016, the 10,234 animals were…