France needs minister for animal welfare, say rights groups

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Paris Animaux Zoopolis tweeted that the absence of a minister dedicated to the protection of animals was a “disgrace”

Animal rights groups in France have accused the government of missing an opportunity to create a minister dedicated to animal welfare in a recent cabinet reshuffle.

A petition signed by over 100,000 people called on the government to create a separate ministry focused on protecting animals. However no such position was made in the latest reshuffle that took place over the weekend (July 25 - 26). 

"We are… disappointed that this reshuffle was not taken as an opportunity to set up a ministry for the status of animals,” Barbara Boyer, a spokesperson for animal rights group L214 Éthique et Animaux, told The Connexion

L214 Éthique et Animaux was set up in 2008 and pushes for the welfare of animals used for human consumption. It has gained attention in France for its graphic undercover films of abuses of farm animals. 

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