Farmers near Rodez have had alarms fitted to their tractors in order to scare off small animals and birds which are at risk when the crops are being harvested. Particularly threatened are hares and pheasants which nest in the long grass and are apparently unable to work out that the sound of an approaching tractor cutting grass is a threat, unless it is fitted with an acoustic alarm.
Was this "humanitarian" action thought up by farmers, or the SPA? No it was the federation de chasse - after all what would hunters do if all the animals had been killed by accident.
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