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Sardinia: CABS volunteers dismantle 3.355 illegal snare traps (04.12.2013)
In spite of the heavy rainfalls in Sardinia last month our volunteers have collected a total of 3.355 illegal snare traps for songbirds since the beginning of the camp. After a tip-off from our camp participants the Carabinieri installed a road-block in the area north of Cagliari where illegal bird trapping is still rampant. Three poachers were arrested after 30 freshly-caught birds and about 100 illegal snare traps were found in a concealed hollow behind the dashboard of their car. The men will be taken to court soon. Our operations in Sardinia will continue until 8 December.
You can read more on our operations in Sardinia here »»
New CABS Video now online
Action against illegal bird trapping on Gozo (21.11.2013)
Operation ´Darth Wader´: CABS has published a new video about illegal wader trapping on Gozo (Malta). In September 2013 a CABS team filmed a bird trapper with two large clap nets and live Dotterel decoys.
Watch the poacher collecting his highly prized birds and running away when he sees CABS and the police arriving....
Take a look here »»
Italy - Bird Protection Camp in Brescia ends
1,738 traps and nets dismantled - 38 poachers caught (03.11.2013)
The large scale CABS bird protection camp in Brescia ended today after four weeks. The 63 participants were able to locate and dismantle or report to the police a total of 1,121 bow traps, 529 snap traps and 77 mist nets. Acting on our information the police apprehended 38 poachers. The number of bow traps has increased somewhat after the historic low of 963 last year - due however to an especially large individual case on 23 November where 230 bow traps were seized. There is a slight decrease in the numbers of both snap traps and nets. The total of 38 poachers caught is a good average of the last few years.
You can read more on the successful camp in our autumn 2013 Brescia camp blog »»
Bird protection camp in Spain comes to a successful end 10 poachers apprehended - 14,940 limesticks seized (01.11.2013)
The CABS operation in Spain that ended today, 3 November, was our - to date - most successful operation on the Iberian Peninsula. In a period of six days, in cooperation with the Guardia Civil in Catalonia and Valencia, a total of ten poachers were apprehended. In addition 14,940 limesticks were seized and destroyed. In the course of the last night alone (31.10/01.11), acting on information provided by the CABS volunteers, the police caught three poachers red-handed and found 3,200 limesticks in their eight huge trapping installations.
You can read more on our operations in Catalonia and Valencia here »»
Heavy blow against bird trapping in Italy
Poacher caught with 300 traps and 230 dead song birds (23.10.2013)
Acting on information provided by CABS the Italian police caught a particularly big fish in their net in Val Sabbia (Lombardy). In a subsequent house search the officers seized 300 bow traps and three mist nets and also found some 230 dead song birds, mainly Robins, Reed Buntings and Chaffinches in the man’s freezer. The operation was a double blow as the offender’s grandfather was caught poaching at the same time. Over the past three weeks 31 poachers have been arrested on the basis of our information and more than 1,200 traps and 71 nets seized. You can read more on the progress of the Brescia bird protection camp here »»
Cyprus – bird protection camp ends
4,295 traps and nets dismantled (16.10.2013)
Our operations to combat the illegal trapping of song birds on Cyprus ended successfully yesterday. Despite a complete lack of police support, during the past three weeks our volunteers were able to locate and dismantle 4,236 limesticks, 91 electronic decoy devices as well as 59 mist nets with a total length of more than two kilometres. More than 100 trapped birds were cleaned of lime or cut free from nets including numerous warblers, Golden Orioles, Nightingales, Wrynecks and several Scops and Barn Owls. “The operation has shown that bird poaching on Cyprus still represents an international species protection problem and that the authorities are taking practically no measures to curb it” comments CABS President Heinz Schwarze. A comprehensive report is currently being prepared for the European Commission.
You can find more about our BPC on Cyprus here »»
"La Repubblica" publishes video online
Italy‘s most read daily reports on CABS operations (09.10.2013)
"La Repubblica", Italy‘s most read daily newspaper, has published a video clip online on CABS operations in Southern Italy.
In spring the reporter visited our bird protection camp in Calabria at the Straits of Messina and also visited the forest police stationed there. In summer the media team also visited the Bionelli’s eagle nest watch project in Sicily, which CABS supported with funds and volunteers.
The video – in Italian – can be seen online at the La Repubblica internet page.
CABS bird protection camp on Malta comes to a successful end (30.09.2013)
The CABS bird protection camp on Malta & Gozo ended today. From 13 Sep some 40 volunteers from 9 different countries were on operations to guard the roost sites and migration corridors on Malta and its sister island Gozo. Several illegal bird trappers and poachers were caught red-handed in cooperation with the environmental police unit ALE and the Gozo police; but above all thousands of migrating birds of prey, herons, storks, Bee-eaters and other protected bird species were seen safely off the islands on their way to their winter quarters in Africa.
More information on the events of the camp can be found here »»
Delbrück near Paderborn/North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW)
CABS team find illegal traps and 12 dead birds of prey
On 21.08.2013, near Delbrück in the Paderborn area, a CABS team discovered a bird of prey massacre. In two small copses not far from a chicken farm they found an illegal bird trap and a total of 12 dead birds of prey. They informed the Paderborn police who began investigations. In addition to a Marsh Harrier, and a Red Kite, a total of four Goshawks and five Common Buzzards were found. In close proximity to the dead birds of prey were numerous items of hunting equipment such as feeding troughs for game and a huge pheasant release run. The police and the local environmental agency are investigating the case. You can read more on this dramatic case, with photographs, here »»
Malta – Government renders bird of prey hunting curfew toothless (13.08.2013)
The decision by the Maltese Government to radically alter the afternoon hunting curfew that was imposed to protect migrant birds of prey during the peak migration period has been today sharply criticised by the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) as a “death sentence for protected bird species”. A proven instrument to protect endangered birds, accepted and welcomed by a wide spectrum of the Maltese population, has been unnecessarily sacrificed to the interests of hunters and poachers. Today the Maltese Environment Ministry announced that the 3.00 pm afternoon hunting curfew, which had been in force for several years during the peak of autumn raptor migration in the latter half of September had been put back to 7.00 pm. This renders useless in practice the protection afforded to incoming birds at and before dusk
You can read our press release on this scandalous decision here »»
Huge success in Rome – new hunting law passed
Lombardy and Veneto dispense with autumn finch hunting (08.08.2013)
CABS youtube video screened in Italian parliament
After year-long protest by the Committee Against Bird Slaughter, consistent bringing of court cases against hunting of finches and pipits protected by EU legislation and our 2011 environmental complaint to the European Commission, the Italian Government has accepted the consequences and altered hunting legislation. The new law includes above all the introduction of a number of legal hurdles that will in future make large scale shooting permissions of EU-wide protected bird species practically impossible. Before a vote on the law was taken, the video taken in in autumn 2011 in the Southern Alps, recording the mass slaughter of protected bird species, was screened for members of the Italian parliament.
At the beginning of August both regions where such hunting was possible in previous years have thrown in the towel and have announced that the hunting of finches and pipits will not be permitted this autumn.
There is more information on this signal legal victory here »»
Cyprus Spring Camp report published
End of a very successful camp marred by lack of political will
In spring 2013, in cooperation with the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and the Anti-Poaching Squad (APS) of the Cyprus Police, as well as the Game Fund (GF), the British Eastern Sovereign Base Area (ESBA) Police and the United Nations Police (UNPOL), CABS monitored 356 trapping sites, 73 of these newly established and not in our database. In 148 of them, 3,272 limesticks, 44 mist nets and 16 tape lures were confiscated. In addition, 21 persons were convicted for crimes related to trapping (trapping or possession of wild birds).
A condensed version of the report can be downloaded here»»
Italy - the end of ‘official’ net trapping is in sight
All Lombardy state trapping sites to be closed by the end of 2016 (24.07.13)
CABS and its Italian partner organisation LAC have campaigned for years against the trapping of birds in large scale installations – the so-called ‘Roccoli’. The government of Lombardy Province has now presented a plan that foresees the closure of the last installation in December 2016. This is due mainly to the unrelenting campaign in the field, online and in the courts by CABS and the LAC.
You can find more information on Roccoli and the importance of this decade-long campaign here»»
Bird slaughter in the Near East - more than 140 species affected (19.06.13)
Conservationists in Egypt and the Lebanon raise the alarm - countless European storks, eagles and song birds are trapped and killed every year in the Near East. As there are no state controls, and the sale of the shot birds is very lucrative, the scale poaching has risen sharply over the past few years. CABS, together with the Lebanon Eco-Movement (LEM), an umbrella organisation for more than 60 Lebanese nature and wildlife protection organisations, now present a comprehensive documentation on the extent of poaching in the Lebanon - the result of months of research. The central element is a large trophy photographic collection taken by the poachers themselves and posted in the internet.
You can find more information on the matter as well as a copy of the report to download here »»
CABS, Jonathan Franzen and Emptying the skies
World premiere of the film about CABS in England
The activist operations by the Committee Against Bird Slaughter for better protection of migrant birds are the theme of a new documentary film that has its world premiere at the Sheffield Docs Film Festival this weekend. Under the title Emptying the skies the New York bestselling author Jonathan Franzen and director Roger Kass expose how millions of European songbirds land in the cooking pot every year, under the pretext of retaining ‘old traditions’ and ‘sustainable use’. The screenplay centres on a group of international activists from the Committee Against Bird Slaughter, who travel every year in spring and autumn to the poaching hotspots - mainly in Southern Europe - to combat illegal bird hunting and trapping.
You can see the trailer to the film here »»
You can find our press release dated 14 June 2013 here »»
CABS delegation visits the European Commission in Brussels
Discussions on bird trapping and hunting in the Mediterranean (13.06.2013)
Activism must be backed up by lobby work. A CABS delegation met and had useful discussions with various departments of the Environment Directorate of the European Commission in Brussels on 12 and 13 June 2013. Over the past months CABS has made a number of official complaints to the Commission about bird trapping and hunting and trapping in several EU member states, above all France, Italy and Spain. On the invitation of the Environment Directorate CABS representatives had the opportunity to discuss the problems and possible solutions face to face with the responsible desk officers.
One focus of the discussions was illegal bird trapping with limesticks in Spain - you can read more about this matter here »»