Under Account “Masked cats“, Accessible to a few hundred privileged people, hides a certain Marine Le Pen, an assumed and unconditional fan of cats. The candidate for the presidency does not hesitate, in her communication, to emphasize her proximity to animals. He even dedicated one of his fourteen thematic notebooks field to beasts of all kinds. On the agenda: constitutional recognition of the legal status of animals, the fight against fraud against French and European standards, strengthening of sanctions for crimes committed against animals, etc.
His speeches on the subject of animal welfare are not uncommon. “I have been calling for an end to the massacre.she said to the microphone of France Infoon March 3rd. And there, I can tell you that animal suffering is every day thousands upon thousands of animals being slaughtered alive. A long-lasting struggle no doubt, but probably interested. “It may not be taking a stand on this issue for the same reasons as animal rights activists.”broadcasts Benoit Thomé, president of the Animal Cross association, referring to the halal ritual slaughter, often performed without stunning.
Christophe Marie, a spokeswoman for the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, explains that the issue of the massacre without stunning, which has long been widely discussed by the far right, has not always been easy to carry politically: “Marine Le Pen showed up faster in this part, which could be a handicap for animal advocacy associations. As soon as a far-right group appears on an issue, it’s not necessarily an asset. Since then, other candidates have joined, including Yannick Jadot, who has called for a ban on the practice.
Not concrete enough
“When we look at the proposals [de la candidate RN]they can be strong “recognizes Christophe Marie. But according to the foundation’s spokeswoman, Brigitte Bardot, the reality is more complex. Thus, Marine Le Pen’s commitment to the animal cause has been little reflected in her various tenures. “In the National Assembly and in the European Parliament, she has never been very active in defending animals. For example, on the strengthening of sanctions for acts of cruelty to animals, discussed last year, did not participate in the work of parliamentarians. She supports some amendments, but does not take many initiatives. “
To measure politicians’ level of commitment to animals, twenty-nine animal protection NGOs have come together around “Animal Engagement”. This collective project allows us to know which candidates support twenty-two measures considered urgent. Proactive in her speeches, Marine Le Pen barely gets the average, validating 58% of the measurementsI like “fight against animal cruelty or the fact of “remove from the list of huntable species those whose populations are declining or threatened”. The “Animal Engagement” position thus ranks seventh out of twelve among the presidential candidates most committed to the measures proposed by the NGOs, behind Nicolas Dupont-Aignan but ahead of Éric Zemmour.
The RN leader is there too the average number of deputies on the platform “Politics and Animals”, promoted by the L214 association. What penalizes her is her weak commitment to the regulation of game, zoo, breeding and circus animals. Contacted by Slate, L214 specifies that, although its program includes a grant project and a measure on slaughter conditions, Marien Le Pen has not “no measures to improve breeding conditions in France, at most a desire not to import products from lower priced countries”.
The association also raises questions about its lack of proposals on meat consumption: “So what is the National Rally candidate waiting for to commit to intensive agriculture and the democratization of plant-based foods, health issues, climate issues, food sovereignty and animal status?”
At Animal Cross, Benoit Thomé insists on the lack of specific commitments due to the number of legal proposals. Sum: “It’s becoming legalism.” The activist wonders if the origin of this tropism does not come from the candidate’s former career as a lawyer. “He still has ideas about it, so I can’t say it’s all negative.”recognizes.
An interest … opportunistic?
86% of French people would like candidates for the presidency in April 2022 to present measures to improve the condition of animals, according to a FIFG survey for the Brigitte Bardot Foundation published in February. A figure that rises to 91% among supporters of RN, who are a majority to declare that the proposals of the contenders for the Elysium on animal protection could influence their vote.
Christophe Marie is pleased that, in general, the consideration of animal welfare has evolved in recent years, as a result of the commitment of animal protection associations, authors and a strengthened journalistic treatment in the field. “Politics has taken over this issue, the candidates are aware that it is not accidental for the citizens.” Foundation spokeswoman Brigitte Bardot is doubly suspicious of speeches. Given the few commitments made by Emmanuel Macron in 2017 in this regard, he notes, surprised, that most have allowed some progress in this area.
By contrast, Marine Le Pen’s communication does not guarantee a daily engagement in the deputy’s chamber. Christophe Marie adds, to be complete, that elected RNs, especially in the European Parliament, have even invested in animal defense. “But like other elected officials elsewhere”he says.
Whether by posture or by deep commitment, embracing the animal cause has an electoral interest that is not to be underestimated. And it’s doubly important when we look at the historically popular sociology of Marine Le Pen’s electorate. “Among the voters, those who have more expectations at the animal level, we find the disadvantaged classes.explains Benoit Thomé. Contrary to many people’s beliefs, they are not fools. Marine Le Pen’s electorate is waiting for him, and he seems to have understood that well.