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Bird trapper caught in Düren, Germany (09.11.2016)

Bird trapper caught in Düren, Germany: Following a tip off from a member of the public, yesterday CABS staff shut down a huge trapping site in a garden in the west of North Rhine-Westphalia. Together with the police and the District Veterinary Office we unveiled 16 Songbird traps, 3 raptor traps and 2 mist nets (photo) and found 34 protected birds. The garden in the district of Düren was designed with the purpose of catching birds and then advertising them for sale over the internet. Besides, bullfinches, serin, redpoll and siskins, several goldfinches were found and referred to a local wild bird sanctuary. The trapper confessed responsibility and can expect a criminal case for violation of the Federal Nature Conservation Act.

CABS Bird protection camp Brescia completed
More than 1000 traps and nets seized, 56 poachers caught (06.11.2016)

Today our large bird protection camp in Brescia (Northern Italy) comes to a close. Since 1st October a total of 78 dedicated volunteers from all over Europe have come together and collected 287 bow traps, 923 snap traps and 68 large mist nets. 56 bird trappers (55 men, one woman) were arrested as a result of our findings. Most notable is the sharp decline in the use of bow traps: 15 years ago we regularly found over 10,000, so this year’s total of 277 marks a historic low! The robin in the photo was found in one of these cruel traps near the commune of Tavernole and unfortunately could be saved with its legs completely shattered. A small CABS team will remain in Brescia for another week to help clear the last known traps.

Read more about our work in Northern Italy here »»

Cyprus: 4.112 limesticks and 181 nets seized
20 poachers caught red-handed during bird protection camp (22.10.2016)

Today marks the end of our large autumn bird protection camp in Cyprus. Over the course of the last 6 weeks in the South-east of the Mediterranean island, we have found and collected 4,112 limesticks, 181 large mist nets and 110 electronic decoys; 29 poachers were arrested as a result of our investigations. Nearly 700 birds were released directly (including the two Scops owl in the photo) and countless others have no doubt avoided otherwise being trapped. However, there has been a marked increase in the number of cases since autumn 2015 – last year, we found 2,730 limesticks and 151 networks. The migration period for most small birds is now over and with the end of the season we also leave the island. Our next deployment in Cyprus will be in just a few months’ time to look for illegal nets targeting wintering thrushes.

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

Birdslaughter on Cyprus:
Watch Chris Packham´s recent Periscope report (04.10.2016)

This week UK naturalist and wildlife presenter Chris Packham joined our CABS team on the ground in Cyprus to document the extent of illegal bird killing occurring across the Mediterranean island. Each year an estimated 2+ million birds are trapped and killed as a lucrative and ‘traditional’ delicacy known as Ambelopoulia. The majority of the killing fields are situated around Farmagusta and the British Sovereign Base Areas in the South-East of the island, where we frequently find industrial scale guarded trapping installations containing large mist-nets, limesticks and choruses of electronic decoys used to lure the birds.

Watch Chris’s recent Periscope report here ...

CABS film poachers killing protected Honey Buzzards (15.09.2016)

In the last 24 hours volunteers of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) observed and filmed numerous cases of poaching in the Buskett area and in Hal-Far. The incidents included four cases of illegal shooting of protected birds, two cases of illegal trapping as well as the discovery of four dead protected birds.

The videos have been uploaded on YouTube and can be watched here: here »»

You can read more in our recent press release »»

Join our latest protest campaign against Bird Slaughter in Cyprus

Cyprus remains a key problem child for wildlife conservation and international protection of migratory birds. By far the worst areas are the UK military bases in the south of the Mediterranean island. Combined, these areas - considered property of the Crown and Defence Department official British Overseas Territories - equate to just 230 square kilometers of land. Yet each year poachers enter unperturbed, constructing huge trapping installations to catch hundreds of thousands of small birds with huge nets. The Committee Against Bird Slaughter has launched an international protest to the new British Prime Minister. Add your voice!

More information about our e-petition can be found here »»

The CABS Spring Bird Protection Camps 2016 (24.05.2016)

From 24 February – 15 May 2016, a total of 88 CABS members and volunteers have convened to participate in a total of 11 spring bird protection camps across Italy, Malta and Cyprus. The fruits of our labor speaks for itself: in the 12 week period we have collected 1,817 limesticks, 66 mist nets, 151 snap traps. Thanks to our field investigations police caught 38 poachers red handed – along with 7 illegally held firearms, 2,572 rounds of ammunition and 1,100 frozen songbirds. Nearly 400 birds were freed from traps, nets and cages of illegal bird traders.

You can find pour report with all camp results here »»

Clampdown against illegal Turtle Dove trapping on Gozo
68 live birds confiscated by the police (28.04.2016)

Yesterday afternoon teams of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) together with officers of the Gozo police dismantled five massive cage trap installations designed for the mass-capturing of Turtle Doves. All traps were found active and contained freshly caught birds as well as live decoys. 68 live Turtle Doves were seized, 51 of which were immediately released. 17 birds were brought into a rehab center for further treatment. CABS said that its teams have found the traps in the area around Xaghra and Marsalforn and in close vicinity to hunting hides.

You can find our recent press release here »»

French trappers sentenced after attack on CABS (31.3.2016)

A gang of poachers who attacked a CABS vehicle and four team members in August 2014, have been found guilty by the court in Dax, South West France. The men surrounded and stopped the car after a CABS team unveiled a number of illegal trappings sites set to target Ortolan Bunting. After hearing the evidence, the court ruled a guilty verdict on 5 perpetrators for aggressive assault and criminal damage. They have received prison sentences ranging from 2 to 4 months on probation and must pay several thousand euros and guarantee compensation.The video of the attack and subsequent chase can be found here:

Ortolan trappers violently attack bird activists

Happy Birthday CABS -
40 years of Committee Against Bird Slaughter (07.07.2015)

Today Committee Against Bird Slaughter celebrate our birthday: On July 7, 1975, we were officially registered as an Non Governmental Organisation. Over the past 40 years we have achieved a lot: From tireless campaigning which brought an end to bird trapping across Belgium, Germany and Italy, to field operations which have led to the arrest of thousands of illegal hunters and trappers and removing more than 370,000 illegally set traps. Illegal poaching of wild birds is now on the decline in almost all of operational areas through out the Mediterranean region.

A report summarising the past 40 years of work can be found here »»