“The European Union’s highest court officially reprimanded France on Thursday (9 June) for not doing enough to care for hamsters.” I have not made this up; it is a direct quote from Euractiv, a European Union news website. The hamsters, referred to as black-bellied rodents, are not the cute and caged tame variety (although I was once bitten by a cute and tame hamster) but the wild European hamster which, to be honest, I have never heard of.
However, they have declined in France due to harmful crops and urbanisation and there are now only an estimated 800 left in the country, although the rest of the continent has a plentiful population. France has been severely criticised by the EU for this and instructed to adjust its agriculture and urbanisation practices. Failure to do so will incur daily fines enforced by the European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court.