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Another bird cemetery found in Mizieb (Malta)
Poacher apprehended in Tas-Santi - Quail trapping site found on Gozo

CABS Volunteers have found another ´bird cemetery´ in the Mizieb woodland (Malta). According to CABS the remains of a total of 10 protected birds - 5 Marsh Harriers, 1 Montagu´s Harrier, 1 Honey Buzzard, 1 Hoopoe, 1 Nightjar and a Cuckoo - have been found concealed underneath stones in the eastern part of the area last Thursday. "The Nightjar and the Cuckoo definitely died during this year´s spring hunting season whereas the other birds appear to have been killed and hidden last autumn", CABS Press Officer Axel Hirschfeld said. The police were called as soon as the first dead birds were uncovered. All carcasses have been seized as evidence.

You can read more about the case in our actual press release »»

Ischia: 138 illegal traps and 722 cartridges confiscated

Operations against illegal songbird trapping in Italy: In the last 5 days our Bird Guards have located and dismantled a total of 114 illegal snap traps and 2 large bow traps for songbirds on the island of Ischia. Also on Ischia, an operation conducted by the game wardens of the WWF in cooperation with CABS led to the arrest of a poacher targeting protected Whinchats, Pied Flycatchers and Nightingales. A police search in the house of the man resulted in the confiscation of 3 shotguns, 722 shotgun cartridges, 16 dead protected birds and 2 dozends of illegal traps. The man is expected to be arraigned in court soon.

CABS film birds of prey being killed and shot at by hunters (24.4.2014)

In the last 5 days volunteers of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) filmed hunters shooting down and shooting at protected bird species on Malta. A video published on YouTube today shows two Kestrels being targeted by hunters in Handaq and Mtarfa as well as two Marsh Harriers being shot at in the Burmarrad area. The film also contains footage of Marsh Harriers with severe shotgun injuries and a shot Swift found by a CABS team near Safi.

The video can be watched here »»

Our press release from today can be found here »»

72 illegal bird callers found on Malta
Hunters filmed shooting more than the bag limit (22.04.2014)

Hunters have installed an estimated three-figure number of illegal electronic lures for Quail and protected waders in the Maltese countryside, the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) said today. During the last 4 nights volunteers of the organisation conducted spot checks in all 5 statistical districts of Malta - a total of 72 devices has been located. “As our survey only covered a small part of the island the number of callers heard by our teams is only a small percentage of the true figure. A realistic guess would be in the low hundreds”, CABS Operations Officer Axel Hirschfeld concluded. CABS said that the police were called several times but did not manage to confiscate a single device.

Our press relase from today can be read here »»

Operation ´Nest in peace´: 24 illegal trapping sites dismantled
CABS: Slow police response is unacceptable (02.04.2014)

In the last 10 days investigations of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) have led to the dismantling of 24 active trapping sites on Malta and Gozo. Numerous trapping paraphernalia such as clap nets, mist nets and cage traps as well as live Greenfinches, Linnets and a Robin have been confiscated by the authorities. At least 7 trappers were filmed actively trapping or have been apprehended by the police. The men are expected to be arraigned in court soon. A video summary of the evidence filmed by CABS and the action taken by the police has been published on YouTube today

Our press release from 2. April 2014 and a link to our new video can be found here »»

CABS records shooting of White Storks on video
Government criticised for ineffective enforcement (25/03/2014)

Poachers have killed at least 2 White Storks near Salina yesterday afternoon. The birds belonged to a flock of 13 storks which has been monitored by CABS and Birdlife since its arrival on Saturday. When the birds tried to land on the slopes of Maghtab at around 4 pm, a series of gunshots were fired at the flock. A CABS team patroling the area managed to record the shooting on video. "The footage shows two birds being hit and literally falling down from the sky", outlines CABS president Heinz Schwarze.

You can read more on this case here »»

Cyprus: Poacher receives fine by District Court
Accusations against CABS members dropped
Activists compensated for body harm (06.03.2014)

The accusations filed against 4 CABS activists were dropped yesterday in front of the Famagusta District Court and the activists received a compensation of € 7,000 by a bird trapper, who was fined with € 500 for the possession and use of illegal traps (60 limesticks). The case was filed on 1 October 2013. Four CABS members located 60 limesticks in an open area near the town of Sotira. While collecting the limesticks from the bushes, two men appeared at the spot, the younger was holding a long wooden cudgel. The four bird conservationists started moving away, but at some point the young man caught one of them and started punching and beating him with the cudgel. Three of the CABS members were seriously injured and had to be treaten in hospitals.

You can read the whole story here»»

European Commission: Cooperation between CABS and Cyprus Police is a key element of enforcement (06.02.2014)

The European Commission has urged the Cypriot authorities to ensure that anti-poaching activities of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and other environmental organisations will continue receiving the necessary police support. In an answer to a Parliamentary question in the European Commissioner for the Environment, Janec Potocnik, declared that the Commission considers the cooperation of the Cyprus Police with non-governmental organisations fighting illegal bird trapping as a key element of enforcement efforts in Cyprus.

Read more in our actual press release »»

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 »»

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 »»

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 »»

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 »»

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 »»

CABS volunteers ‘expelled‘

Gendarmerie put an end to Ortolan Bunting camp in France

Protest campaign against corrupt police-poachers alliance (05.09.2013)

The Prefect of the French Département Les Landes has ‘expelled’ all presently deployed CABS volunteers from the region and declared an end to our Ortolan Bunting protection camp. This was preceded by day-long harassment and obstruction by the local Gendarmerie. CABS has protested officially to the French Embassy in Berlin and the German Embassy in Paris as well as the Consulate-General in Bordeaux. We are at present organising ‘fresh’ teams to which the expulsion order does not (yet) apply. Our press release of 5 September can be found here »»

We have also begun a protest campaign to all French Embassies in countries where we have supporters. A suggested text for a draft mail and a link to the French Embassy in your country can be found here »»

Join us and ensure the French Government is made aware of our disgust for questionable behaviour of the authorities in an EU state and the network of corruption between police, politicians and poachers in Les Landes.