A French supermarket has angered animal activists including the Bridget Bardot foundation by displaying whole animals for sale in vacuum packing with their fur and feathers still intact.
The dead animals were displayed at an E.Leclerc supermarket in the commune of Morieres-les-Avignon in the department of Vaucluse located in the south-eastern French region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur on 31st October.
Images of the packaged animals were posted on social media by the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, sparking outrage among netizens.
The Foundation said the supermarket display included “hares, pheasants, and other victims of cellophane hunting”.
In the images, the dead animals have been vacuum packaged without being plucked or skinned.
The Brigitte Bardot Foundation in an attempt to make people understand that animals deserve better treatment, said: “Is this world serious ‘E.Leclerc’? The point, if there is one, is to remind consumers that meat does not grow on trees.”
Denis Schmid, spokesman for the Vaucluse Animal Protection Collective, praised the move by the shops, saying: “The fact that customers can see dead animals in packaging makes everyone be aware of the fate of the animals we consume whereas a sliced steak or breaded fish doesn’t speak to anyone.”
According to reports, the practice is not new and local shops have displayed game during the hunting season and town festivities before now.
The newspaper Ouest-France said that the supermarket has since removed the dead animals from its shelves.
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