Limsticks in Provence
Provence's reputation as an ideal holiday destination isn't a rule that fits for all: Feathered guests, who want to spend the winter in the milder climate of southeastern France, are brutally pursued, trapped and killed en masses.
As is the case in northern Italy, most hunters in Provence hunt migratory birds from so-called "camouflage huts". On specially cleared areas in the forest a hut is erected, in which the hunter lurks waiting for their prey. The area surrounding the shooting bunker is made attractive with bird food and water, but above all the owner of a camouflage hut needs one thing: decoy lures - live birds which draw others of their kind before the shotguns.
In order to get to these decoys, the French government has allowed the capture of thrushes. In five departments of Provence, thousands of hunters are allowed to use sticky glue sticks (limesticks) on which innocent songbirds land and become caught. The requirements for this special derogation permit are high: each trapper may take only 20 birds per year, must be present at all times to free the birds unharmed, the glue sticks may only be laid in the morning hours and the sale of the birds is prohibited.