gettyimages.com/detail/496371394">View image | gettyimages.com In addition to the shovel attack, The Guardian reports the bird lovers had their tires slashed and their camera equipment snatched, and were assaulted by a second farmer brandishing a hoe. That man, however, was fully clothed.
According to the LPO, trapping the protected songbirds is a crime punishable by up to a year in prison, but tens of thousands of the finches are still illegally killed and eaten by hunters each year.
French media sources say the organization now plans to sue the unnamed farmer for assault, use of prohibited traps and destruction of protected species, while the jockey-wearing jouster intends to sue the activists for trespassing. By Monday afternoon, however, French social media users had already collected their own settlement.