EU court outlaws practice of trapping birds with glue

A win for bird lovers on Wednesday (March 17) as the the EU Court of Justice ruled the traditional French practice of trapping songbirds with glue is illegal and cannot be authorized by the state.

France is the only country in the European Union to allow the catching of birds, in parts of the south, by pasting glue on sticks or tree trunks, or using snares and nets, despite a 1979 EU ban.

But under a 1989 decree allowing glue trapping as long as it is "selective, controlled and in limited quantity," France has allowed the practice every year despite protests.

In a statement, the Bird Protection Association called it a ''great victory.''

The association says glue trapping is a "cruel and odious" practice from a bygone era and that France should join other EU nations in outlawing it completely.

The injuries suffered by the birds were acknowledged by the EU Court of Justice, which argued that the captured birds can sustain irreparable harm, since the glue can damage feathers.