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A good day for birds -
End of birdtrapping in Malta is coming soon!

After a 4-year long infringement procedure the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the Maltese trapping season for finches is a clear breach of the EU´s Bird´s Directive. “We are glad that the institutions of the EU finally showed their teeth and confirmed that the Maltese government´s plan to legalise finch trapping was in fact illegal”, CABS president Heinz Schwarze said. “We urge Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to accept the ruling and to prepare the trapper´s community for a future without trapping”.

The ruling has also direct consequences for the planning of our autumn operations. We are currently mobilising all available resources to ensure that we have a maximum number of teams in the field during peak finch migration in October and November.

You can read the verdict here:

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