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Christmas campaign in Cyprus:
Nets and limesticks instead of cinnamon stars and "Jingle Bells" (24.12.2018)

Catching overwintering thrushes, redstart and other songbirds is common in Cyprus over Christmas. The birds are one of the most popular delicacies over the public holidays. This year, for the first time ever, CABS will have a Christmas mission on the Mediterranean island and will be active throughout the holidays. We do not count on police support - the campaign is considered one of the most critical of the year!

News about the Christmas campaign is available in our camp diary »»


CABS Annual Report 2018 (14.12.2018)

As 2018 draws to and end it is time for us to take stock and look back. This year we’ve conducted a total of 26 bird protection camps, bringing together around 250 participants from all corners of Europe and found and dismantled a total of 4,532 bird traps, 569 nets and 147 illegal electronic decoys. 146 poachers were convicted and more than 4,000 illegally trapped or caged songbirds were released. In our Annual Report 2018 (attached PDF) we have provided a summary of the results of our campaigns and broader work as a whole – there may even be some snippets you weren’t aware of!

You can download the report as PDF here »»
An online version can be found here »»


Cyprus: Chris Packham publishes new video (03.12.2018)

‘Birds have no borders’: This autumn in Cyprus, Chris Packham met up with our CABS team and the SBA police to see what improvements have been made in the fight against illegal bird trapping. As a result of working in close cooperation with the authorities, bird trapping in the British Eastern Sovereign Base Area on Cyprus (ESBA) has declined in comparison with autumn 2017. However, despite the introduction of higher fines last year, over the border in the Republic, trapping remains common and widespread and millions of birds are being illegally killed each year.

Watch the full video here: Cyprus: Massacre on Bird Migration 2018


Thousands of rare Lesser Spotted Eagles die in Lebanon (27.11.2018)

Berlin / Bonn - 5000 Lesser Spotted Eagles are killed each year by poachers in Lebanon as they attempt to complete the migration to their wintering quarters. This shocking estimate is the result of a joint research by the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and the German journal Der Falke. The estimate is based on the evaluation and combination of several indicators. The authors call for stronger political pressure from the European Union on the government in Lebanon. "Because in many EU countries, measures to preserve the species are supported with considerable sums of money. The birds literally vanish in a plume of smoke thanks to the actions of the bird hunters, "criticize Hirschfeld and Krumenacker.

Our recent press relaese and a PDF of the article "Fatal Flight" can be found here »»


CABS Camp Diary Autumn 2018 now online!

From mid-August to December 2018, CABS Bird Protection Camps will be held in Italy, France, Spain, Serbia, Malta, Cyprus and Lebanon. A total of 13 actions is attended by around 150 volunteers from all over Europe. We regularly report on the missions that we carry out together with our partner associations and in consultation with the relevant authorities.

You can find our diary with recent informations here »»


Malta: 34 cases of illegal trapping detected in only 2 weeks
Major clampdown on on Gozo - new video (30.10.2018)

CABS volunteers have documented and reported 34 cases of illegal bird trapping to the police in the last two weeks. These included 12 incidents in which CABS activists filmed finch-trappers red-handed and called the police. CABS said that a total of 19 suspects were involved in these 12 incidents, 10 of which have already been identified by the police and are expected to be taken to court. „We are still analysing our video footage and are confident that the material will lead to more arrests in the coming days“, CABS Wildlife Crime Officer Fiona Burrows said. She added that CABS reports also resulted in the confiscation of 61 live protected birds, 15 clap nets and extensive paraphernalia used to trap protected finches.

Read our recent press relaese here »»


Brescia Bird Protection Camp has come to an end
46 poacher arrested, 780 nets and traps seized (29.10.2018)

Over and Out: 46 poachers convicted, 671 bird traps, 101 nets collected and 11 guns seized - this is the result of our bird protection camp in Brescia (Italy). From 29th September to 28th October, a total of 52 CABS members from Italy, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and the USA were deployed in the northern Italian province. They found 48 active sites which were reported to the police. With the end of the bird migration and the approach of winter the trapping will now dwindle. A big thank you to the participants of the mission, the police and of course all the CABS supporters, without you these results would not be possible!

Read more about the CABS Brescia campaing here »»


New Video: The sad fate of Swallows in Lebanon (03.10.2018)

The sad fate of swallows in Lebanon: Each autumn, swallows from across Europe head south to winter in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. Migration is extremely hazardous, many die from starvation and exhaustion. Unfortunately, in Lebanon, shooting migratory swallows, swifts and bee-eaters is commonplace, with millions being killed each year. Everywhere we see people luring birds with electronic callers and emptying the skies for ‘fun’. Together with our partners from the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon and the Middle Eastern Sustainable Hunting Centre (MESHC) our video shows the terrible extent of this massacre, as Geraldine Attard our CABS member from France reflects on the situation.

See the new CABS & SPNL video here »»


Malta: Birdwatchers report more hunting abuses
Efforts made are a delicate flower (28.09.2018)

Over the last three weeks teams of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) deployed in Malta and Gozo have observed or filmed a total of 15 incidents of illegal hunting of protected bird species. According to CABS the cases include 4 ´successful´ killings and 11 birds which were either observed being shot at or seen flying with obvious gunshot wounds. Among the birds affected are 7 Honey Buzzard, 5 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel and 1 Grey Heron. Most of the incidents reported by CABS were observed in the Girgenti and Dingli area. Another poaching hotspot is Wied Qoton near Safi, an area especially known for the shooting of birds of prey and the widespread use of illegal bird calling machines for Quail and protected waders.

Read our recent press relaese here »»


Blow against birdtapping in Baalbek/Lebanon (21.09.2018)

Joint operation against songbird trapping in North Bekaa, Lebanon. On Wednesday, a CABS team together with members of MESHC and SPNL conducted field investigations around the city of Baalbek, Northern Lebanon. The action was in response to recent intelligence received regarding industrial-scale trapping in the area to target and kill songbirds for illegal sale on the black market. Together with the Lebanese Internal Security Forces 17 mist nets with a total length of more than 300 metres were confiscated. Several Masked Shrikes and a Levant Sparrowhawk trapped in the nets were released unharmed. The operation was the first of its kind in the area close to the Syrian border.

See our recent video about this case here »»