Laurent Baffie, Jean-Marie Bigard, Chantal Goya… they call for “a State Secretariat for Animal Welfare”

They love beasts, want us to defend them even more and are waiting for a real twist. In an open letter to the Prime Minister we reveal eighteen personalities; of which a majority of the artists call on Elisabeth Borne to create an “effective and modern animal policy” through the creation of a State Secretariat for Animal Suffering. Among the signatories: the singer Chantal Goya, the comedians Jean-Marie Bigard and Vincent Lagaf or the Miss France 2012 Delphine Wespiser. These figures see the formation of the new government as an “opportunity” for “reconciliation with wildlife”.

“This foreign minister would be a strong message at the political level, even if he won’t change things with a magic wand,” Emmanuel Ludot elaborates on the origin of this approach. An appeal born of the observation that, despite the “moralization” of the treatment of animals in France, there is a lack of “cohesion” in national policies in favor of their welfare. According to the lawyer from the Reims Bar Association, the weight of the lobbies and a lack of political will come into question. He thinks the November 2021 law – which aims to tackle animal cruelty and strengthen the bond between animals and humans – is “inadequate”.

“Incorporate into any bill a political reflection on the impact this could have on wildlife.”

The signatories want animal welfare to become a “own” political issue: “It would be a big step forward if France, as a country of human rights, would also become a country of human rights. “It is necessary to include in any draft law a political reflection on the impact this could have on wildlife,” explains Emmanuel Ludot. The latter emanates from his desire to “create controversy” to “push the government to position itself”. Even if it means addressing committed and politicized “people”. Among them we find Francis Lalanne, leader of a yellow vest list in the European elections and candidate for the general elections in Charente, and Laurent Baffie, candidate for the Animalist party in Paris in the June elections.

However, this call should be “moderate” so as not to alienate the actors in livestock farming and to mobilize as many as possible. Emmanuel Ludot emphasizes his desire to find a “balance”: “We need slaughterhouses because people still eat meat, but the end of the animals must be worthy.” An observation shared by Starmania’s flagship singer Fabienne Thibeault. As a signatory of the letter, she is also part of the Order of Agricultural Merit, an honorary title awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture: “I have seen in most cases conscious breeders who loved their animals and wanted their welfare”. According to the singer, a state secretariat would “better support and equip good practices”.

“We have to stay reasonable and offer something that can be done,” adds former TV presenter Sophie Darel. The one who says she “loves animals” has adopted three abandoned dogs and two cats herself. “Since the law that stated that animals are no longer furniture, we have made a small step forward, notes Sophie Darel, but that progress remains slow and painful.” Comedian and actor Raphaël Mezrahi, who is particularly committed to animal causes For his part, he hopes that this mobilization will find a positive response: “Without a foreign minister who is committed to the conditions of the animals, it’s like missing a cog”. And finally: “Respecting animals is also respect for nature and life”.

Open letter to Madame Élisabeth Borne, Prime Minister of the Republic

“Madam Prime Minister,

We are honored to intercede with you, believing that over the next five years you have an extraordinary opportunity to reconcile us with wildlife.

It seems necessary to establish an effective and modern animal policy.

For this reason, the signatories listed at the end of this letter urge you to consider creating a State Secretariat for Animal Health.

This would be a big step forward for France, the country of human rights, to also become the country of animal rights.

In fact, any reform, draft law, in whatever field, must ensure that the principles set out above are fully respected in all their aspects.

So it is a much-needed political reflection in the noble sense of the word, and we appeal to you.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be measured by the way animals are treated. Mohandas K. Gandhi.

Please accept, Madam Prime Minister, the expression of our deepest consideration.”

the petitioners

Raphael Mezrahicomedians and actors; Jean Jacques Standingcomposer-singer; Chantal GoyaSinger ; Jean Marie BigardComedian; Laurent BaffiComedian; Vincent Lagaf’Comedian; Mikelangelo LoconteSinger ; Franz LalanePoet Author – Composer – Performer; Rene Manzorscreenwriter and author; Emmanuel LaureauEditor; Fabienne ThibeaultSinger – Commander of Agricultural Merit, Ambassador for Endangered Agricultural Breeds and Good Breeding Practices; Sophie Darelperforming artist – TV presenter; Marc leadsjournalist – writer; newsboySinger ; Delphine WaspiserMiss France 2012 and TV columnist, StoneArtist ; Mario d’AlbaArtist ; Emmanuel Ludot – Attorney at the Reims Court of Appeal.

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