More Dove Destruction

Two weeks ago I shared a story about the Turtle Dove a seriously endangered species of the pigeon and dove family at  Dove Tales

Incredibly, and despite pleas, requests and irrefutable evidence of the species continued decline, the French are about to ensure the Turtle Dove loses another 100,00 of its population this coming autumn. 

This from the LPO (Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux). 

“100 000 Tourterelles des bois seront chassées cet automne” - 100,000 Turtle Doves will be hunted this fall.” 

Turtle Dove

“France has until August 30 to suspend hunting for this endangered species as requested by the European Commission. And for good reason, the global workforce of the Turtle Dove has fallen by 74% since 1980 and, for France, by 44% for the last ten years alone. 

The responsibility of our country is engaged since we welcome every year 10% of the world population of the Turtle Doves during the breeding season. And we now know that France is an important stage for the populations of North-West Europe because it is located on the migratory corridor of the species. 

However, around 100,000 Turtle Doves are hunted every year in France during the autumn migration period!. 

Faced with this catastrophic picture of a collapsing species, the European Union has proposed to the Member States a series of measures, including the suspension of its hunt. 

As incredible as it may seem, France has refused ! 

Nicolas Hulot, The Minister of State with Responsibility for Ecology has until August 30 to reverse this incomprehensible and scandalous position of France. 

We invite you to call him on social networks : Facebook and Twitter and to send him a mail  to No insult, it is neither authorized nor relevant.

Thank you for your mobilization.”

Turtle Dove

Please, all bird watchers and bird lovers, home and abroad, share this story on Social Media as requested by our colleagues in LPO.

Let’s get this stopped NOW with people power.

Linking today to Anni's Blog.