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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 »»

Start of the CABS Malta bird protection camp (09.09.2017)

From today our autumn Bird Protection Camp has started in Malta. Until 30.09. more than 20 bird guards from all over Europe will participate in the campaign. Our main focus will be on the monitoring roosting sites and the migration areas of birds of prey, herons and storks, who are now on their way to Africa and have to make an intermediate stop on the flight across the Mediterranean. In the last few years, we have seen the phenomenon of the shooting of protected species on Malta brought under control - we are curious to see how this autumn will unfold. Our partner Birdlife Malta has documented 4 illegal shootings in the past few days, including a marsh harrier and a bee-eater.

You can find more informations regarding our work on Malta here »»

Bird protection campaign in Lebanon:
First CABS field operation in the Middle East (01.09.2017)

01.09.2017 marks the first CABS field operation in the Middle East. To support the Lebanese Government in the fight against poaching, the Committee and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) have organised a bird protection camp in the Cedar State for the first time this September 2017. The event named ‘Operation Safe Haven’ will be held during the peak migration period for the passage of White Storks between 1 - 15 September. Supported by local birdwatchers, six CABS experts from Germany, Italy, France, Great Britain and Turkey will monitor known poaching hotspots and document the killing of protected species and report them to the police. The action on the border with the Syrian civil war region is the most dangerous in our history.

Read more about migratory bird hunting in the Lebanon here »»

Cyprus: Bird protection camps starts (27.08.2017)

This year, we have decided to start our autumn Bird Protection Camp on Cyprus 2 weeks earlier than usual. Evidently, it was the right decision as bird trapping is already in full swing in Cyprus. Yesterday, our team located a massive trapping site within British Eastern Sovereign Base Area with 6 huge nets and a loud electronic caller used to attract the birds. Together with police we rescued 30 birds: 10 nightingales, 10 blackcaps and 10 other warblers.

Find more informations abour our Cyprus campaign here »»

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 »»

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 »»