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German Golden Plover population threatened with extinction
CABS launches ´handle with care´ campaign (12.12.2013)
CABS raises the alert. The population of the Golden Plover in Central Europe is on the brink of extinction. The last remaining population lives in Lower Saxony (Germany) where a total of 4 (four!) pairs bred in 2013. According to CABS the main threats to the Golden Plover in the EU are identified as destruction of the breeding habitats and hunting in staging and wintering areas such as France and Malta. Theoretically the whole Central European population can be destroyed with a couple of shots or by using a large clap net.
You can read our recent press release here»»
You can find a prepared email to Dr. Joseph Muscat here»»
Sardinia: CABS volunteers dismantle 3.355 illegal snare traps (04.12.2013)
In spite of the heavy rainfalls in Sardinia last month our volunteers have collected a total of 3.355 illegal snare traps for songbirds since the beginning of the camp. After a tip-off from our camp participants the Carabinieri installed a road-block in the area north of Cagliari where illegal bird trapping is still rampant. Three poachers were arrested after 30 freshly-caught birds and about 100 illegal snare traps were found in a concealed hollow behind the dashboard of their car. The men will be taken to court soon. Our operations in Sardinia will continue until 8 December.
You can read more on our operations in Sardinia here »»
New CABS Video now online
Action against illegal bird trapping on Gozo (21.11.2013)
Operation ´Darth Wader´: CABS has published a new video about illegal wader trapping on Gozo (Malta). In September 2013 a CABS team filmed a bird trapper with two large clap nets and live Dotterel decoys.
Watch the poacher collecting his highly prized birds and running away when he sees CABS and the police arriving....
Take a look here »»
Bird protection camp in Spain comes to a successful end 10 poachers apprehended - 14,940 limesticks seized (01.11.2013)
The CABS operation in Spain that ended today, 3 November, was our - to date - most successful operation on the Iberian Peninsula. In a period of six days, in cooperation with the Guardia Civil in Catalonia and Valencia, a total of ten poachers were apprehended. In addition 14,940 limesticks were seized and destroyed. In the course of the last night alone (31.10/01.11), acting on information provided by the CABS volunteers, the police caught three poachers red-handed and found 3,200 limesticks in their eight huge trapping installations.
You can read more on our operations in Catalonia and Valencia here »»
"La Repubblica" publishes video online
Italy‘s most read daily reports on CABS operations (09.10.2013)
"La Repubblica", Italy‘s most read daily newspaper, has published a video clip online on CABS operations in Southern Italy.
In spring the reporter visited our bird protection camp in Calabria at the Straits of Messina and also visited the forest police stationed there. In summer the media team also visited the Bionelli’s eagle nest watch project in Sicily, which CABS supported with funds and volunteers.
The video – in Italian – can be seen online at the La Repubblica internet page.
Italy - Bird Protection Camp in Brescia ends
1,738 traps and nets dismantled - 38 poachers caught (03.11.2013)
The large scale CABS bird protection camp in Brescia ended today after four weeks. The 63 participants were able to locate and dismantle or report to the police a total of 1,121 bow traps, 529 snap traps and 77 mist nets. Acting on our information the police apprehended 38 poachers. The number of bow traps has increased somewhat after the historic low of 963 last year - due however to an especially large individual case on 23 November where 230 bow traps were seized. There is a slight decrease in the numbers of both snap traps and nets. The total of 38 poachers caught is a good average of the last few years.
You can read more on the successful camp in our autumn 2013 Brescia camp blog »»
CABS volunteers ‘expelled‘
Gendarmerie put an end to Ortolan Bunting camp in France
Protest campaign against corrupt police-poachers alliance (05.09.2013)
The Prefect of the French Département Les Landes has ‘expelled’ all presently deployed CABS volunteers from the region and declared an end to our Ortolan Bunting protection camp. This was preceded by day-long harassment and obstruction by the local Gendarmerie. CABS has protested officially to the French Embassy in Berlin and the German Embassy in Paris as well as the Consulate-General in Bordeaux. We are at present organising ‘fresh’ teams to which the expulsion order does not (yet) apply. Our press release of 5 September can be found here »»
We have also begun a protest campaign to all French Embassies in countries where we have supporters. A suggested text for a draft mail and a link to the French Embassy in your country can be found here »»
Join us and ensure the French Government is made aware of our disgust for questionable behaviour of the authorities in an EU state and the network of corruption between police, politicians and poachers in Les Landes.
France - Operation Ortolan Bunting begins
CABS teams search for trapping sites for the rare bunting species (28.8.13)
The CABS operations in Départment Les Landes (near Bordeaux) in France began yesterday 28 August. Their aim is to search for illegal Ortolan Bunting trapping sites. Ten CABS volunteers from France, Italy and Germany will operate in the Départment Les Landes until 9 September. Their aim is to locate illegal trapping sites for the Ortolan Bunting, which is threatened with extinction in some areas of Europe. The bunting species is trapped alive with small cage traps, fattened, often blinded, and drowned in Armagnac to be sold as a delicacy to gourmet restaurants. The police are on the whole inactive and politicians, hunting associations and local authorities make no secret of their support for the practice although it is banned under French law. The volunteers will locate and dismantle the illegal traps and attempt to persuade the police to take action against the trappers. Last year the volunteers were followed to a Gendarmerie station by irate trappers and had cow urine poured over them in the main square of a market town in front of the police station. The Prefect of the Départment then ordered them to leave the area for their own safety!
You can read more about our Ortolan Bunting camp here and at the associated links: here »»
Italy – First autumn operation ends successfully
47 traps for Pied Flycatcher and Redstarts dismantled (26.08.2013)
On the weekend 23 – 25 August a CABS team conducted a late-summer anti-poaching operation in North Italian Brescia for the first time. The team’s targets were snap traps for flycatchers and Redstarts that the trappers set out in a very narrow time frame at the end of August. In close proximity to Lake Iseo 47 traps and an electronic decoy device were located and dismantled. A Pied Flycatcher was freed alive but a further four Flycatchers and three Common Redstarts were found dead in the traps.
The good news is that the phenomenon, which reached us as a rumour recently, is clearly not as widespread as we feared. Next year we will target the trapping sites we have now located and attempt to catch the trappers red-handed so that they can be prosecuted.
Delbrück near Paderborn/North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW)
CABS team find illegal traps and 12 dead birds of prey
On 21.08.2013, near Delbrück in the Paderborn area, a CABS team discovered a bird of prey massacre. In two small copses not far from a chicken farm they found an illegal bird trap and a total of 12 dead birds of prey. They informed the Paderborn police who began investigations. In addition to a Marsh Harrier, and a Red Kite, a total of four Goshawks and five Common Buzzards were found. In close proximity to the dead birds of prey were numerous items of hunting equipment such as feeding troughs for game and a huge pheasant release run. The police and the local environmental agency are investigating the case. You can read more on this dramatic case, with photographs, here »»
Huge success in Rome – new hunting law passed
Lombardy and Veneto dispense with autumn finch hunting (08.08.2013)
CABS youtube video screened in Italian parliament
After year-long protest by the Committee Against Bird Slaughter, consistent bringing of court cases against hunting of finches and pipits protected by EU legislation and our 2011 environmental complaint to the European Commission, the Italian Government has accepted the consequences and altered hunting legislation. The new law includes above all the introduction of a number of legal hurdles that will in future make large scale shooting permissions of EU-wide protected bird species practically impossible. Before a vote on the law was taken, the video taken in in autumn 2011 in the Southern Alps, recording the mass slaughter of protected bird species, was screened for members of the Italian parliament.
At the beginning of August both regions where such hunting was possible in previous years have thrown in the towel and have announced that the hunting of finches and pipits will not be permitted this autumn.
There is more information on this signal legal victory here »»
What happened to the young Bonelli’s eagle chick? (17.07.2013)
Two months ago, persons linked to the world of falconry kidnapped two Bonelli's Eagle chicks from their nest in Sicily. Thanks to the initiative of the Sicilian Raptor Protection Coordination group, the CITES investigatory team of the State Forest Police found in little the two chicks over a month. The immediate burning question was how the eagle is to be released. It could be kept in a rehabilitation centre but there was also a chance that the parents would accept it back and raise it until it is fit to cope on its own. The continued nest fidelity of the parents speaks for the latter course; but it has been almost two months since their chick was stolen. Is the risk worth taking? The nest watch coordinator believes it is.
Read the whole story - with video here »»
Bird slaughter in the Near East - more than 140 species affected (19.06.13)
Conservationists in Egypt and the Lebanon raise the alarm - countless European storks, eagles and song birds are trapped and killed every year in the Near East. As there are no state controls, and the sale of the shot birds is very lucrative, the scale poaching has risen sharply over the past few years. CABS, together with the Lebanon Eco-Movement (LEM), an umbrella organisation for more than 60 Lebanese nature and wildlife protection organisations, now present a comprehensive documentation on the extent of poaching in the Lebanon - the result of months of research. The central element is a large trophy photographic collection taken by the poachers themselves and posted in the internet.
You can find more information on the matter as well as a copy of the report to download here »»
Spain: 248 limestick trapping installations found
1,718 limesticks dismantled in Valencia Province (25.06.2013)
A CABS team undertook a reconnaissance trip to Eastern Spain from 17 to 25 June 2013. The aim was to locate, check and map active limestick trapping installations for our coming operations in October. We found 248 illegal trapping sites with altogether 508 huge trapping trees - about a quarter of the estimated 1,000 such installations in the provinces of Valencia and Catalonia. In addition to the location of the installations we also recorded their accessibility and how effective police raids could be conducted. We also found and dismantled or destroyed 1,718 limesticks, half a dozen large cans of commercial bird lime, as well as all sorts of trapping paraphernalia. Nine illegally captive decoy Song Thrushes were also freed.
You can read more on the problem of poaching with limesticks in Spain here »»