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Committee Against Bird Slaughter - CABS
Press release - Monday, 5 May 2014

Another bird cemetery found in Mizieb

Poacher apprehended in Tas-Santi - Large Quail trapping site found on Gozo

A.L.E. officer in Mizieb last ThursdayA.L.E. officer in Mizieb last ThursdayVolunteers of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) have found another ´bird cemetery´ in the Mizieb woodland, the organisation said today. According to CABS the remains of a total of 10 protected birds - 5 Marsh Harriers, 1 Montagu´s Harrier, 1 Honey Buzzard, 1 Hoopoe, 1 Nightjar and a Cuckoo - have been found concealed underneath stones in the eastern part of the area last Thursday. "The Nightjar and the Cuckoo definitely died during this year´s spring hunting season whereas the other birds appear to have been killed and hidden last autumn", CABS Press Officer Axel Hirschfeld said. The police were called as soon as the first dead birds were uncovered. All carcasses have been seized as evidence. In contrast to the years 2009 and 2010 when birdwatchers found more than 270 dead protected birds in all parts of Mizieb the finds from last week were limited to a small section of the area close to Xemxija hill. CABS called on the authorities to conduct a comprehensive inquiry and publish the results as soon as possible. Axel Hirschfeld: "The public has a right to know what is going on in Mizieb which the FKNK claims to manage as a hunting reserve for its members". Despite several requests made to the authorities, the outcome of the investigations from 2009 and 2010 have never been published. "If the new government really means business they should not repeat this mistake and move towards total transparency", CABS General Secretary Alexander Heyd declared.

Seized decoy (Quail) on GozoSeized decoy (Quail) on GozoCABS also said that its teams have heard more than 140 shots after the official end of the spring hunting season last Wednesday, most of them on the Delimara peninsula and on Gozo. One hunter was apprehended by the police close to Tas-Santi where he was spotted by CABS last Thursday morning. When the man realised that he was being observed he locked his shotgun in a hide and ran off. He was later identified by police officers who also found and seized the weapon. On the same day a CABS team on Gozo found a massive illegal Quail trapping site on the Ta´ Cenc Plateau which is designated a NATURA 2000 site and forms part of the European network of special areas of conservation. The Bird Guards called the police who confiscated 4 illegal nets covering an area of about 80 square meters as well as 4 live Quails used as decoys.

Contact for photographic and video material and other information: CABS Press Officer Axel Hirschfeld, Telephone +0049 228 665521 or Email: CABS@komitee.de