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The canton of Jura’s veterinary office vetoed a bid by a cantonal parliament to publicly serve vole paté to fellow MPs.
Jura MP Edgar Sauser wanted to serve up the mouse meat publicly on Wednesday as a protest against the lack of resources given to combat an invasion of the rodents on farms in the region.
The Liberal party member, who is also a horse breeder in the Franches-Montagnes region, called upon an expert “charcutier” — who prefers to remain anonymous — to prepare the paté.
Last year as many as 1,000 voles per hectare were found on meadows above 700 and 800 metres.
They cause damage by digging up the ground and stripping fields of vegetation.
Because they have five to 10 litters a year, with five to 10 offspring for each litter, the vole population can explode.