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CABS film gang of 5 Turtle-Dove trappers in Mellieha
Police needed two hours to arrive - Trapped birds not released (24.5.2017)

In a covert operation activists of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter on Saturday documented how a group of five men trapped protected Turtle Doves in a fenced property directly below the Red Tower in Mellieha. The NGO said it has filmed more than two hours of footage which show the poachers sitting in a hide together and activating a more than 20 meter-long clap net. The CABS team called the police at around 7:15 am and told them that they have the opportunity to arrest five poachers at one sweep but unfortunately they needed nearly two hours to meet the CABS members. Shortly after the officers left the CABS team the trappers started to remove the net. It was obvious that they saw the police car or have been tipped off.

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Poacher´s accomplice is a police constable
Three hunters filmed with guns since season closed (22.4.2017)

The poacher who was filmed by activists of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and subsequently arrested last Tuesday in the Wied Hanzir near Hal Farrug was hunting together with a police constable, the organisation said today. According to the Bonn-based eNGO the policeman was sitting in the same hide with the poacher for at least an hour, spotting passing birds for him and – inter alia - helping him to adjust his binoculars. On two more incidents on Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning CABS activists managed to film two other poachers with their shotguns in Wied Dalam and Tal Virtu - both have already been identified by the police and will be take to court.

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Video: 25 wild-caught Turtle Doves seized on Malta (14.04.2017)

Yesterday members of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) discovered a large illegal cage trap for Turtle Doves close to Gharb on Gozo. The trap contained 25 live Turtle Doves which were subsequently confiscated and released into the wild by officers of the Gozo Police. WBRU enforcement officers also assisted in the operation. CABS praised the authorities for their quick reaction in this case.

A video from the release can be watched here ...


Spring bird protection camp in Cyprus has now started (25.03.2017)

On the Mediterranean island Cyprus, the large committee spring operation has begun. Between now and mid-May more than 25 nature lovers and animal friends from all over Europe will participate in the action. The goal is, as always, to find as many active trapping sites as possible with nets and limesticks as well as the perpetrators using the police support. In the last few years, we have managed to bring the poaching in the spring a little more under control - we are looking forward to monitoring the situation this year.

More informations about the bird protection camps in Cyprus can be found here »»


Malta - 133 illegal clap nets found on a single day
New CABS video now online (20.03.2017)

Despite a bird trapping ban in spring poachers have literally paved the Maltese coastline with several hundreds of illegal clap-nets to catch finches and other songbirds. An aerial survey from last week revealed a record number of 133 active trapping sites concentrated in coastal areas on one single morning. Illegal trapping sites have been also found inland in the middle of grain fields as well on the roof of Fort Ricasoli in Kalkara. The situation proves that Malta is not complying with its claimed "zero tolerance" towards trapping illegalities Last week the A.L.E. confirmed to us that they have only one patrol on duty. It is hard to believe that this is just a planning error. It much more seems that the government is actively preventing that trappers are caught by limiting police resources to nearly zero during peak season for illegalities.

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Cyprus: The Long Night Raid:
CABS dismantles 274 nets in 10 hours within the British Base (19/01/2017)

The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) has today revealed the massive scale of bird trapping in the UK-governed Sovereign Base Area (SBA) in Cyprus. More than ten kilometers of illegal nets were detected in just two nights and 274 nets were removed.

CABS carried out a two-day anti-poaching operation under the name ‘The Long Night Raid’, deploying a number of volunteers to investigate trapping activity in the whole territory of the SBA. Although a relatively small area, the amount of trapping sites and mist nets found was astonishing.

Our press release can be found here »»


CABS Campaigns and Operations 2016
Our Annual Report is presented online (10.01.2017)

As the year has come to an end it is time to look back at our campaigns and operations during 2016. Altogether more than 140 volunteers from 9 European countries (+ the USA and Malysia) took part in our bird protection camps in the Mediterranean. We can be rightfully proud of the results. In the course of our operations on Cyprus and Malta, in France, Italy and Spain, a total of more than 10,000 bird traps, mist nets or decoy devices were located and dismantled. Criminal proceedings were instigated against more than 180 illegal trappers and poachers.

You can read more about our successful activities this past year in our Annual Report 2016.


Poaching in the British military areas in Cyprus
British Government reacts to the CABS protest campaign (12.12.2016)

The British Government reacts to the CABS protest campaign which we launched back in September 2016 against the industrial scale songbird trapping occurring in the British military areas within Cyprus. Subsequently, thousands of nature lovers from all over Europe have adding their voice to our campaign asking the British Prime Minister - Theresa May - to take decisive action against the ongoing illegal killing. Meanwhile, we have received a reply from the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army who, on behalf of the Government, outlines their view of the situation. In our reply of 14 December, 2016, we have formally responded to the Chief of Staff and refuting a whole series of his arguments and outlying the facts on the ground as we see them from our field investigations.

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Our press release on this subject, can be found here »»


Malta: Golden Plover trapping out of control (13.12.2016)

The Maltese government´s total failure to curb with illegal night trapping of Golden Plovers has invited poachers to catch much more birds than allowed. In the last two weeks our volunteers have conducted night patrols and found 82 active trapping sites where illegal bird callers were used during the night. This is more than twice as many as found in 2015. Golden Plovers are mostly nocturnal thus making it very easy for trappers to catch whole flocks in the dark. With dozens of trapping sites operating every night on Malta and Gozo it stands to reason that a four-figure number has been already caught illegally since November. As the quota for plovers has been exceeded CABS has called on Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to close the trapping season with immediate effect.

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