A French Film Director Facing Legal Action

A famous wildlife film’s director, Nicolas Vanier, is currently facing legal action. During his filming, the aircraft surveying localities scared France’s sole wild flamingo’s colony. The move caused hundreds of the fowls to abandon their eggs. According to Nicolas, the pilot ignored orders to circumvent the protected nesting zones in the Camargue. The Camargue is a wetlands section of southern France and a habitat for pink flamingos. The filmmaker now faces charges and prosecution from the French Nature Environment (FNE). The conservation group (FNE) has lodged a legitimate complaint about a deliberate disruption of an endangered species with a public prosecuting attorney.

The public prosecuting attorney will decide on who to press charges against. The resolution on whether the allegations are against Nicolas Vanier or Radar Films. Radar Films is the company that hired Mr Vanier to film. In his statement, Mr Vanier whispered his disbelief in being held responsible for the tragedy. However, Radar Films failed to comment on the matter.

According to France Nature Environment, France has 4,500 flamingos only, and 500 of them were disturbed. Besides, each bird is said to lay a single egg. This leaves 500 eggs abandoned. Olivier concluded by lamenting the destruction of 11% of the eggs from France's only flamingo colony. Researchers in the zone reported sighting two planes fly at low altitudes over the flamingos. Nicolas expressed his disappointment with the pilot's negligence despite having a flight plan detailed on specific areas to avoid. The 56-year-old Vanier is recognized for films such as The Last Trapper and Wolf. Currently, Vanier is creating ‘Give Me Wings’ film about a scientist’s desire for wild geese. Vanier is set to complete the project in Norway. FNE head, Simon Popy, declined Mr Vanier's approach to making the problem right through specific measures opting for court proceeds.

According to Simon, flamingos are subtle when hatching their eggs, and if troubled and deserting the eggs, they under no circumstances return to their original habitat. These migratory fowls are said to be decreasing in number by 75% from approximately 20,000 a few decades ago. The decline is attributed to the reduction in salt production that results in loss of wetlands. The reduction is believed to have been caused in part by a decrease in the salt manufacture, resulting in a loss of swamps habitat for the birds because scarcer areas are being intentionally swamped with salt-water. Currently, flamingos breed in a non-natural island where they are concentrated. Mr Vanier entangled in tumult again in 2014 on account of dogs.

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