Save Vulnerable Bird from French Menus

Target: Gérard Larcher, President of the French Senate

Goal: Protect ortolan bunting from being hunted for food in France.

A group of French chefs are lobbying to get the vulnerable ortolan bunting allowed back on restaurant menus, ending a ban on hunting the species that has been in place for ten years. The methods of capturing the tiny bird are inordinately cruel; the poor creatures are trapped in confining spaces and forced to gorge on grain, then drowned in brandy that serves the double purpose of killing and flavoring them at the same time. The methods of eating the bird are just as bone-chilling as the manner of their death. As many as 30,000 live birds were captured and killed each year between 1997 and 2007.

These innocent creatures do not deserve such a horrifying fate. The way these birds are treated is on par with force-feeding geese to produce foie gras, or pumping livestock with hormones to increase the quantity of meat on their bones. It is disgusting and inhumane, and under no circumstances should the ban on hunting the ortolan be lifted even slightly. These birds deserve better than to be captured, force-fed, and drowned.

Do not let these chefs disrupt the ban on hunting and killing these birds. Sign this petition to demand the continued protection of the ortolan bunting.


Dear President Larcher,

A group of chefs are lobbying to lift a ban on the hunting of the vulnerable ortolan bunting, a bird cruelly captured and gruesomely killed for food for decades. The population suffered a severe loss from 1997 to 2007, when the ban was enacted, and while no longer critically endangered, the species is not yet fully safe.

The manner in which the birds are captured and killed is disgusting and inhumane. They do not deserved to be trapped, force-fed, and drowned for the sake of fancy eating. The species will suffer another major drop should the ban be lifted, and possibly go extinct. You must ensure that the ban stays in place in order to protect the ortolan from such a horrific fate.


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Photo Credit: Pierre Dalous

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop eating birds.


  3. France Stop Eating Ortolon Birds NOW!

  4. How can anyone enjoy eating a tiny bird that has been tortured to death? Where is your humanity?!

  5. lynn Farnworth says:

    How small is that bird, the French make me laugh the eat anything

  6. catherine Jenereaux says:

    As they there are not enough options to turn into a gourmet meal. Get real. When will this ridiculous need to dine on innocents end. Thankfully with todays technology the masses are made aware of these abuses and can act on them.

  7. Andy Rawlinson says:

    Eating endangered animals birds and baby animals isn’t logical or humane

    The world is full of cool people who will only be stopped and the laws changed

  8. Andy Rawlinson says:

    Should say cruel

  9. Sharon Molloy says:

    They’re endangered! And they do not deserve to be kept and die so cruelly!

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