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Animal abuse: 3,677 cases have now been reported

Animal abuse: 3,677 cases have now been reported
Animal abuse: 3,677 cases have now been reported

A national hotline was launched on Monday 24 June to report cases of animal abuse. Its goal: to simplify reports and get them to the right person more quickly.

Requested for some time by animal rights defenders, this is a measure that arrives just in time, just before the summer holidays, when pet abandonments explode.

On Monday 24 June, the National Council for the Protection of Animals (CNPA) announced the launch of a national number to report cases of animal cruelty: 3677. Open 7 days a week, from 9:00 to 19:00 from Monday to Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends until 5pm, this toll-free number makes it easier to report animals in danger. Depending on the situation described, the caller is then directed to the right interlocutor, be it the police, the gendarmerie, the mayor, the veterinarians or associations.

“Many witnesses of abuse don’t know what to do, who to call », Loïc Dombreval, veterinarian, president of the CNPA and former member of parliament, explains to France Inter. “Sometimes they send an email or make a phone call to five, ten, fifteen, twenty associations, organizations or internal security forces to report the mistreatment. The animal remains in danger and sometimes dies. »

Only one number: 3677

This call number will therefore allow you to quickly direct yourself to the competent service, and thus intervene more quickly in the event of proven mistreatment. As the Service-Public.fr website points out, the mistreatment of animals takes various forms, such as the deprivation of water or food, the lack of care in the event of illness or injury, the inclusion in too small habitats or even the use “unless absolutely necessary”, restraints, restraints, fences or cages. 3677 also allows you to quickly report cases of abandonment, abuse or cruelty, as well as sexual abuse of an animal.


According to CNPA, cited by HuffPost, this calling platform will also allow “ alleviate the work of state services by filtering out unproven reports and harmful reports ”, as happens for example in the case of neighborhood conflict. This will save time for the services concerned by only investigating cases deemed serious. Reports can also allow you to “ early identification of violent individuals who may also mistreat women or children".

Furthermore, the call number will allow to obtain refined data regarding cases of mistreatment, the last report dates back to 2021. Year during which “the national police and gendarmerie services have recorded 12,000 crimes against domestic, domesticated or captive animals”, specifies the Ministry of the Interior on its website. Dogs (46%) and cats (24%) “they are the main victims” of this mistreatment, according to the Ministry of the Interior.


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