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Major joint CABS + police operation against bird trapping on Gozo
CABS questions legal origin of Turtle Doves released by FKNK (23.04.2018)

Joint patrols of CABS, the Gozo police and WBRU enforcement officers have dismantled 19 illegal bird trapping installations on Gozo over the weekend. The raid which targeted illegal trapping sites found by CABS volunteers during the last week resulted in investigations against 8 landowners on whose ground active traps and nets were found. In particular the inspections found 7 illegal trapping-aviaries for Turtle Doves, 1 cage trap for Starlings, 3 large ground net for Quail trapping, 6 cage traps for finches and 2 clap nets. In the course of the operations 10 freshly caught Turtle Doves, 8 Starlings, 2 Quails, 1 Hawfinch and 1 Greenfinch were confiscated and subsequently released.

Read our recent press relase here »»

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 »»

Bird protection camp in Cyprus starts (28.03.2018)

The CABS spring operation on Cyprus starts today. Each day until the end of the migration season in mid-May, several teams will be deployed in the south-east of the Mediterranean to search for limesticks and trapping nets. The aim is, in cooperation with the police and the hunting authorities, to arrest poachers and clear trapping sites.
We expect 25 nature lovers from all over Europe in the campaign, most come from Italy, Great Britain and Germany.

Read more about the missions in Cyprus here »»

Spring operations on Malta have begun (18.03.2018)

Today our first Bird Protection Camp of the year starts on Malta. Until the end of April, more than a dozen CABS members will be deployed on the Mediterranean island. Our focus is to investigate illegal songbird trapping with nets. The bird trappers mainly target finches such as linnets or greenfinches, which achieve good prices as passerines on the black market. Immediately afterward - when bird of prey migration sets in on Malta at the beginning of April - as usual, our spring mission will also begin to protect harriers, buzzards and hawks.

More information about bird trapping in Malta can be found here here »»

Raptor persecution in Germany:
Poisoning of 6 Peregrines - 5.000 € reward for informations (2.3.2018)

Appeal for information in Germany - a reward of €5,000 has been offered for information regarding the poisoning of 6 peregrine falcons in the north of Thuringia federal state within the past year. The birds all from a highway bridge on the A38 at Bodenrode (Eichsfeld district) - were all victims of "kamikaze pigeons". The domestic pigeons were released at the breeding site and laced with concentrated pesticide to lure and kill the protected hawks. After a criminal complaint to the authorities has run dry, we are now asking the population in Eichsfeld for assistance. For clues that lead to the conviction of the offender(s), we are offering a reward of 5,000 Euros. Witnesses or whistleblowers are invited to contact us - Committee Against Bird Slaughter via tel. 0228-665521.

Cyprus: Winter camp ends
137 nets and 118 limesticks dismantled (18.02.2018)

Today marks the end of our five-week winter operation in Cyprus and the results are in: 137 nets, 118 limesticks, four poachers prosecuted. Our volunteers have been on the Mediterranean island since the beginning of January and have done a really great job! More than 500 birds were released from the traps. The penalties for the poachers are also something to be proud of: two have to pay €500 each for illegal use of decoys, the other two charged for bird trapping with nets received fines of €5,000 and €8,000, respectively! Thanks to all camp participants for the great work and resilience, and of course thank you to all sponsors for the support!

Read more about the CABS bird protection camps on Cyprus here»»

Huge CABS operation in Italy:
11 poachers and 2 songbird traders caght red-handed (10.02.2018)

Sting against illegal bird poaching in Italy: In Southern Calabria, CABS, together with the Carabinieri Environmental Unit, have conducted a successful operation against poaching. In Aspromonte - the "boot tip" of Italy - 11 ‘hunters’ and 2 illegal traders have been arrested. The hunters had illegally shot protected species, used unauthorised weapons and electronic decoys. 11 shotguns were seized, as well as numerous shot birds, including chaffinches, great spotted woodpeckers, wagtails, goldfinch and siskins (photo). The pet traders were found to be in possession of more than 200 illegally caught chaffinches. It was the first big operation this year in Italy!

Read more about our campaigns in Southern Italy 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 .

Malta: Ineffective enforcement
CABS writes open letter to the police (13.12.2017)

Open letter from CABS to the Commissioner of the Malta Police Force. While illegal night trapping of Golden Plovers and other nocturnal birds goes on unabated CABS has complained that 36 of 43 police reports made during night hours were not acted upon. As a result of this situation only 3 known cases - representing less than 2% of all night-incidents reported by CABS since November 2014 – resulted in charges being issued to the offenders. "Such a low prosecution rate is nothing else than a declaration of bankruptcy of the Malta Police Force in dealing with a severe conservation problem", Schwarze wrote to the Commissioner.

You can download the full text of our letter to the Commissioner here »»

Sardinia/Italy: 500 horse hair snares destroyed (09.12.2017)

Today marks the completion of our bird protection camp in Sardinia. For a week, five CABS members, together with colleagues from the Italian League Against Animal Cruelty (LAV), have been out in the field searching for illegal horsehair snares in the south of the Mediterranean island. In total, we were able to find and destroy 500 of the very fine bird traps and 100 wire snares for catching mammals. A poacher was convicted with the help of a hidden camera and another offender is still being investigated. The operation has been a great success: 10 years ago we would typically find around 10,000 horsehair snares - the massive decline in poaching is a nice result of our operations in Sardinia since 1995.

More informations about our work on the Island of Sardinia can be found here »»

Lebanon: Honey Buzzard Massacre
Second video from Mount Lebanon now online (12.09.2017)

NEW VIDEO: Bird Guards film raptor massacre beyond all imagination in the Lebanon. After our teams documented and reported the slaughter of dozens of protected birds of prey to the Lebanese authorities last week they returned to the killing fields in Aghbeh to see if the situation has improved. The opposite was the case. On Sunday – a day with a very strong Honey Buzzard migration - the participants of the CABS & SPNL expedition to Lebanon found the remains of another 70 freshly killed Honey Buzzards. While we were filming the gruesome discovery poachers continued with shooting down protected birds with impunity.

You'll find the new 8 minute movie here »»