The prosecution of Saint-Omer (Pas-de-Calais) on Thursday requested prison sentences against six men and two women, mostly suspended, for threatening death on social networks the boss of hunters Willy Schraen .
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In May, the president of the National Federation of Hunters (FNC) had been the target of threats on social networks after taking a position on the nuisance of cats, by considering in particular that trapping stray cats was beneficial to biodiversity.
I know where you live, be careful!
We will pull you like a rabbit and let you die on the ground
I will spit you like a big pig
"... According to the defense of the plaintiff, some 2,000 calls of threats and insults had followed his about.
Prosecutor Patrick Leleu requested suspended sentences of four, six, eight and 12 months against seven defendants, as well as a firm six-month sentence against an eighth defendant also serving a custodial sentence. to the test in another case.
None of the eight defendants, aged 20 to 70 and from various regions of France, was present at the hearing.
75 million birds are killed each year by stray cats, several billion in the United States and dozens of species have been permanently wiped out in Australia
", said at the helm the president of the hunters who appears as a defender of biodiversity, regretting that his remarks were “
The defendants should have taken a moment of reflection to read Mr. Schraen's words in their entirety before sending these hateful messages
" said the prosecutor, recalling that Willy Schraen "
spoke not in a personal way but in quality of a national public service federation
The lawyers present (3 for 4 defendants) asked for the release of their clients, most of whom acted out of "
The judgment was reserved for October 22.