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CABS Camp Diary Autumn 2018 now online!

From mid-August to December 2018, CABS Bird Protection Camps will be held in Italy, France, Spain, Serbia, Malta, Cyprus and Lebanon. A total of 13 actions is attended by around 150 volunteers from all over Europe. We regularly report on the missions that we carry out together with our partner associations and in consultation with the relevant authorities.

You can find our diary with recent informations here »»

Blow against birdtapping in Baalbek/Lebanon (21.09.2018)

Joint operation against songbird trapping in North Bekaa, Lebanon. On Wednesday, a CABS team together with members of MESHC and SPNL conducted field investigations around the city of Baalbek, Northern Lebanon. The action was in response to recent intelligence received regarding industrial-scale trapping in the area to target and kill songbirds for illegal sale on the black market. Together with the Lebanese Internal Security Forces 17 mist nets with a total length of more than 300 metres were confiscated. Several Masked Shrikes and a Levant Sparrowhawk trapped in the nets were released unharmed. The operation was the first of its kind in the area close to the Syrian border.

See our recent video about this case here »»

Bird Protection Camp Lebanon:
New video - Police arrested poachers at Raachine (18.9.2018)

Yesterday saw a significant success in the current anti-poaching operation being conducted by CABS, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon and the Middle-East Sustainable Hunting Centre (MESHC) in Lebanon. The team deployed near the village of Raachine (Keserwan), in an area known as a poaching 'hotspot' and observed two individuals killing protected Honey Buzzards and Levant Sparrowhawks. Following a pursuit after the poachers attempted to flee the scene, the Lebanese Internal Security Forces responded very promptly to the team's call and arrested the two men. Two guns were seized guns, along with ammunition. 3 freshly shot Levant Sparrowhawks and 2 Honey Buzzards were also recovered as evidence.

See the new CABS & SPNL video here »»

Cyprus: Bird Protection Camp has started (01.09.2018)

This year’s autumn camp has started on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus - at 10 weeks, it is the longest campaign of the year. In just the first few days, the CABS team in the southeast of the island and in the British military areas were able to collect more than 160 limesticks, two nets and two poachers were arrested by police and wardens from the Game Fund. As cooperation with the British police continues to improve, support from the Cypriot police is becoming increasingly complicated. Although the scale of bird trapping continues at large, it seems fewer and fewer civil servants are available. At the same time, the government in Nicosia is showing ever decreasing political will to act against poachers.

As always, read in our online diary what happens during the stakes.

Malta: Last stork presumed dead
5.000 Euros reward for information regarding stork killers (29.8.2018)

The last survivor of a flock of 18 White Storks on Malta is now presumed dead. The bird arrived two weeks ago together with 17 others, but soon after arriving poachers began shooting at the flock, killing all adult birds which were leading the flock on their way south. Without the lead of experienced adults the remaining juveniles were disorientated and appear to have been taken out one by one. CABS are offering a €5000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and convictions of any of the stork killers. (Picture: © Alice Tribe, Birdlife Malta)

Read our press release here»»

A good day for birds -
End of birdtrapping in Malta is coming soon! (21.6.2018)

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 »»

CABS Spring operations are complete (28.5.2018)

Since 27. May all the CABS Bird Protection Camps are complete. Since the beginning of March, there have been a total of 10 separate missions in Italy, Malta, Cyprus and Lebanon with about 90 participants from all over Europe. A total of 305 limesticks, 80 snap traps, 37 nets and 13 cage traps has been dismantled. 31 poachers have been arrested, 5 firearms and 400 cartridges were seized and more than 300 birds released.

You can find some more details about the camps here »»

Cyprus: Bird Protection Camp comes to an end
305 limesticks and 9 nets dismantled, 2 poachers caught (20.5.2018)

With the end of bird migration, after 9 weeks, our Bird Protection Camp in Cyprus is now complete. CABS teams have been deployed on the Mediterranean island since mid-March, finding a total of 305 limesticks and 9 nets – the lowest ever! By comparison, over the same period last year we found 1,834 limesticks and 19 nets – it seems our tenacity is paying off! Two poachers were convicted, they have to pay € 8,540 and € 8,400 respectively. A huge thank you to all our volunteers for running the gauntlet along with the birds!

Lebanon: CABS & SPNL documents swallow-massacre and frozen songbirds in a supermarket (28.3.2018)

During the current Lebanon operation our CABS & SPNL team documented a shocking Swallow massacre on 27.3.2018 south of Beirut. Among the perpetrators were several children and adolescents, who fled as the police arrived, one ‘hunter’ was arrested and his weapon was seized.
Three days earlier, CABS staff found hundreds of frozen blackcaps in a supermarket. The species is also strictly protected in Lebanon. We have released video footage of both incidents.

You can find the latest Youtube videos from Lebanon here »»

Activities 2017

Committee Against Bird Slaughter publishes its annual report (22.12.2017)

This year, 2017, was one of the most intensive and successful years in the history of CABS - Committee Against Bird Slaughter. Altogether more than 160 volunteers from 17 European states participated in 25 bird protection camps in the Mediterranean region. The results speak for themselves - in the course of our operations in France, Italy, Spain, Serbai and Croatia as well as on Cyprus, Malta and the Lebanon around 8.000 bird traps, mist nets or decoy devices were located and seized. In addition more than 100 trappers and poachers face prosecution.

You can read all about this very successful year in our Annual Report 2017 .