The blow is tough for L214.

For the first time, justice condemned the association at the end of November for an intrusion into a rabbit farm in Morbihan.

In a decree handed down on November 30, the Rennes Court of Appeal considered that the association had been guilty of a violation of property and domicile by illegally filming images on the premises at the end of the month of August 2020. This was the subject of a video released a month later in which L214 denounced the living conditions of rabbits raised in cages.

Justice had first dismissed the owner before finally giving him reason, considering that he had suffered “a manifestly illicit disorder”.

The Rennes Court of Appeal had also considered that the animal protection association could not avail itself of freedom of the press and had ordered L214 to withdraw all the photos and videos shot in the breeding in question and to pay 5,000 euros to the owner.

A “particularly worrying” decision for L214

In a press release published on Thursday, the association indicates that it has applied the court decision but that it contests it, judging it "particularly worrying".

“If this judgment were to set precedent, all images of past and future farms and slaughterhouses would be banned, forced to be withdrawn or impossible to broadcast,” warns Brigitte Gothière, co-founder of L214.

After this legal setback, the association announces that it will appeal to the Court of Cassation.

"L214 will continue to broadcast images and protect whistleblowers so that the debate on the place given to animals in our society continues," the statement concluded.


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