These wildlife activists got a bit more than they bargained for when local farmers flew out of their houses armed with shovels to fend them off, after they were spotted trying to dismantle finch traps in a village in France.
One of the guys was so furious and eager to stop the situation, that he got his knickers in a right old twist and emerged from his house dressed in just his underwear and a t-shirt, but he still had time to grab a spade to swing at the people on his land.
Members of the French Bird Protection League (LPO) were showing journalists the bird traps which had been set in farmland near Audon but, when they tried to dismantle the traps, it all kicked off.
— LPO France (@LPOFrance) November 9, 2015
A group of local men flew into a rage and approached the activists, shouting abuse and waving farming implements in their general direction. The LPO members were allegedly beaten with shovels and hoes for their troubles.
According to French newspaper Liberation, LPO president Allain Bougrain-Dubourg said:
When we started to dismantle the traps a group of people came out and we were hit three or four times with a shovel.
The police showed up about 15 minutes later to calm the situation down and ensure there were no ruffled feathers.
Apparently there’s a long-standing tradition of using these ‘matole’ traps to catch finches in Landes and the LPO have shown up every year to campaign against hunting the protected species, so you’d think everybody would know the drill by now!