Press release 10 April 2012
Serious poaching incidents in the Bröl Valley - police seize illegal traps
Conservationists find six wire snare traps for Wild Boar and Roe Deer
Conservationists as well as hunters are outraged. Slap bang in the middle of the breeding season poachers have set out half a dozen snares for Wild Boar and Roe Deer in the Bröl Valley not far from Bonn in the federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW). Members of the Committee for Bird Slaughter, carrying out mapping of wild bird territories, found the snares on Easter Monday and informed both the police and the responsible hunting estate manager. The police dismantled a total of six traps and began investigations into a serious case of poaching.
The snares seized had a diameter of between 40 and 90 cm (16 - 35 inches) and were set out only a few centimetres above the forest floor. Anikmals that entangle their heads in such a snare die a gruesome death through strangulation. “Someone clearly wanted game meat for nothing” commented Alexander Heyd. The 41 year old General Secretary of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) lives himself in Hennef and a professional interest in traps and poaching. On Monday afternoon Heyd was looking for Red Kite territories and alerted the authorities after finding the first snare. By early evening a further five snares had been discovered. Two dead foxes were found next to one of the snares - they had probably been caught but were discarded by the poacher as unusable. Poaching of wild animals by trapping, shooting or other means commits an offence against Para. 292 of the German Criminal Code and can face up to three years imprisonment if found guilty. The use of snares attracts a heavier sentence of up to five years gaol but not than three months imprisonment.
CABS appeals to local residents in the Bröl Valley to immediately report any suspicious observations, as well as the discovery of traps, direct to the police.
Contact for more info and photos: Axel Hirschfeld, Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS), An der Ziegelei 8, 53127 Bonn, Tel.: +49228/665521 or +491794803805