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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 »»

CABS online diary - field operations, Autumn 2016'

Are you interested in keeping up to speed with how many illegal bird trappers and hunters we've helped convict this Autumn? How many traps and nets have we collected? How many caught wild birds have we set free? Figures such as these are just some of the results of our relentless fieldwork which we undertake thanks to the backing of our dedicated supporters.

Regular updates and information about our bird protection camps throughout the Mediterranean 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 »»

Illegal spring trapping on Malta: 41 trapping sites found
13 poachers will be brought to trial - new CABS video (06.04.2016)

In the last three weeks volunteers of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) have been monitoring the Maltese and Gozitan countryside persuing all leads of illegal bird trapping. A total of 41 illegal trapping sites were found, all of them freshly cleared and equipped with large clap nets. To ensure that the persons using these nets can be prosecuted CABS deployed several surveillance teams who monitored the sites for any illegal activity. As a result 13 bird trappers were caught red-handed by the police or were later identified on the basis of photos and videos taken by the birdwatchers.

Read our recent press release here»»
Our new video can be watched 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

Malta: Two poachers found guilty of illegal bird trapping (16.3.2016)

This morning the Law Court in Valletta sentenced two bird trappers to pay fines of €1,300 and €2,000 and ordered the revocation of their hunting and trapping licences. A man from Gudja was found guilty of illegally trapping protected waders on 27 July 2015. The court heard that he had set up a large clap net on an island inside an artificial pond close to Gudja. In another case a trapper was charged with trapping protected finches at Dingli during the closed season in March 2015.

Read more in our actual press release »»

Cyprus: Winter Bird Protection Camp now complete!
163 mist nets and 308 limesticks seized (18.02.2016 )

After almost two and a half weeks, our winter camp on Cyprus has now drawn to a close. In total our teams have found 63 active trapping sites with a total of 163 mist nets, 308 limesticks and 44 electronic decoys. With police support all illegal trapping paraphernalia was formally seized and criminal proceedings initiated against three poachers.

Approximately 250 birds, the majority of which were song thrushes were released from the nets and limesticks. The poaching is much more widespread in Cyprus during the winter months than we’d previously known. The Committee is therefore planning an even greater deployment for the next winter season.

Read more about our actions in Cyprus hier »»

"Unprecedented series of illegal persecution in the Uckermark"
Several dead raptors and illegal trap in Eastern Germany (09.02.2016)

The long series of illegal prosecution of protected Eagles and hawks in a hunting area in the Uckermark continues. On 25 January near the town Arendsee (municipality of Nordwestuckermark northeast of Berlin) our bird guards found an illegal trap specifically designed for catching specially protected birds of prey, the area also revealed 2 freshly killed buzzards and a sparrowhawk.

To attract birds of prey, the bird-trapper had tethered a living pigeon with a cord to a compartment of the trap; an additional decoy was sitting in a cage. Both trap and pigeon baits were seized by the police. The end of January leads us to a culmination of a nationally unprecedented series of killings of birds of prey in the area around the small German town of Arendsee.


Raptor persecution in Germany – 5 new cases in just a few days (15.01.2016)

In Germany, five incidents of illegal bird of prey persecution have been unveiled in just the first two weeks of January. Four of which were the direct result of CABS investigations: In North Rhine-Westphalia 5 large leg hold traps and live hawk trap were found. In Frankfurt several wild caught raptors and illegal cage traps were found at a falconers address. In Brandenburg another Goshawk trap and in southern Germany a shot Sparrowhawk was found.

More on the individual cases can be found here »»

The first CABS bird protection camp of the calendar year in Sardinia is now complete (14.01.2016)

Since the end of December, Italian CABS members have been busy conducting field monitoring for illegal trapping on the Mediterranean island. A total of 1,200 horsehair snares were collected (photo shows one such with a freshly caught Greenfinch). Furthermore, 40 wire snares used to target wild boar and deer were also dismantled. Many of the dead birds – as in previous years – were abandoned. Thanks to our actions which started back in 1999, the scale of trapping has declined to just a few remote valleys in the south of the island.

For more information on our actions in Sardinia click here »»

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 »»