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France

Hunting Law to Tighten, But No Ban Planned

Paris (AP) — France’s government on Jan. 9 unveiled new plans to tighten hunting safety rules but stopped well short of the outright ban for which many activists had been hoping. Ecology Minister Berangere Couillard announced proposed reforms that would outlaw hunting while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, enhance other safety rules, and provide extra protections for walkers and residents in areas used by hunters. The minister did not elaborate on the drugs and alcohol ban, and anti-hunting activists voiced skepticism as to how it could be enforced. Hunting safety became a hot topic in France after the 2020 death of a Franco-British man who was shot dead while cutting wood on his own land by hunters who had mistaken him for a wild boar.

New Jersey

Probe of Whale Deaths Amid Wind Power Prep

Atlantic City, N.J. (AP) — As the stench of a dead whale hung in the air, environmentalists and opponents of offshore wind stood on a beach where the marine mammal lay buried Jan. 9 and called for a federal probe into a spate of whale deaths in New Jersey and New York.

Groups from the two states wrote President Joe Biden, requesting a probe of the deaths of six whales that washed ashore over the past 33 days in areas being prepared for large-scale offshore wind farms. They also are asking for a halt to site work until the causes are determined.

Cindy Zipf, executive director of New Jersey-based Clean Ocean Action, called the rate of whale deaths in the two states unprecedented.

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