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Lebanon: Honey Buzzard Massacre

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On Thursday morning (07.09.2017), a CABS team witnessed a bird of prey massacre on Mount Lebanon. In the mountain range to the east of the capital Beirut, hundreds of Honey Buzzards roosted in the scrub over night, in the morning the poachers grouped and shot at least 50 buzzards. Several birds fell to the feet of our team. The day before, together with staff from our Lebanese partner organization SPNL, the team also found a "bird of prey cemetery" with 18 dead Honey Buzzards and Marsh Harriers. Two days later we wetnessed an even worser situation when we found the remains of ariound 70 birds of prey at the same site. How many birds are being killed on a daily basis cannot be confirmed – but the numbers will go into the thousands. The main reason for the disappearance of this species is probably due to the widespread and indiscriminate poaching in the Middle East.

We have produced two short videos to summarise our shocking findings. We hope to use this material to draw attention to the very serious issue of illegal poaching occurring in the Lebanon.

Mount Lebanon Honey Buzzard massacre 12.09.2017 - 8 minutes:

Mount Lebanon Honey Buzzard massacre 07.09.2017 - 15 minutes: