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Welcome to the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS)


First CABS mission of the second half of the year:
Bird protection camp against illegal wader trapping on Malta (4.8.2017)

Waders are a sought-after targets of many Maltese bird trappers. With huge trapping installations, they illegally lure the birds returning south from Scandinavia - the birds frequently end up in the cooking pot or locked up and confined living in live collections. Today (Friday), in Malta, marks the beginning of the first CABS bird protection camp of the second half of the year. During the next two weeks, our members will search for active trapping sites and stop them with police support. In addition to conducting aerial surveys, our teams will be conducting night patrols to identify sites using illegal electronic callers, which play bird calls all over the island.

Read more about our bird protection camps on Malta here »»


“Europe's deadliest place for wild birds"
Short BBC film following our CABS team in Cyprus (01.06.2017)

In January 2017, the Committee Against Bird Slaughter carried out a major operation against illegal bird trapping within in the British military areas in Cyprus. Within just two days, we closed dozens of active trapping sites within the restricted area on the Mediterranean island, and with police support collected 424 nets. A British TV broadcaster for the BBC accompanied us - on May 31, 2017 the documentary was broadcast in the program "Undercover Tourist".

You can see the movie here »»


CABS spring operations has come to an end
41 poachers caught red-handed, 2000 nets and traps seized (30.5.2017)

Between February 18 to May 21, around 60 CABS members and volunteers have participated in 9 bird protection camps across Italy, Malta and Cyprus. During the 13 week period we found 1,834 limesticks, 90 mist nets, 83 snap traps and 6 cage traps. As a direct result of our reports, a total of 41 poachers were arrested - 4 guns and 1,342 rounds of ammunition were seized. Nearly 300 birds were released - either from traps and nets, or from aviaries of criminal animal traders.

A short summary of the results for each assignment has been collated here »»


CABS operation against nest robbers in Italy (21.5.2017)

Today, the CABS bird protection camp in Bolzano, Northern Italy has come to an end. The operation against nest robbers was as expected very difficult. In the 18,000 hectare area we found around 50 active fieldfare and song thrush nests which had been marked. Together with the regional forest police, we were able to make one arrest and two poachers were able to flee. We removed the markers on the nests so the birds were able to mature and fledge in peace. Particularly positive is the expansion of our contacts with the forest police, the carabinieri, the South Tyrolean hunting authority and the fruit growers.


Cyprus: 1834 limesticks and 19 nets seized
Police caught 6 poachers red-handed (14.5.2017)

Our Spring Bird Protection Camp on Cyprus has now ended. For almost two months, 12 activists from 5 European countries joined forces to monitor known trapping locations on the island to provide safe passage for birds migrating to their breeding grounds in Europe. During the Camp, we located 61 active trapping sites and together with police removed 1834 limesticks and 19 mist nets from them. 97 birds belonging to 13 species were rescued from traps. 6 trappers were caught during joint operations with police officers and will be prosecuted. We also found 4 aviaries with illegally kept wild birds. 12 birds were freed from them.

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


CABS film gang of 5 Turtle-Dove trappers in Mellieha
Police needed two hours to arrive - Trapped birds not released (24.4.2017)

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.

Read our recent press relaese 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.

See our recent video 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.