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Species protection

A life in a cage: grey parrot kept in captivity (© Linda Kenney/Wikimedia Commons)A life in a cage: grey parrot kept in captivity (© Linda Kenney/Wikimedia Commons)In addition to our numerous projects to combat the illegal hunting and trapping of migrant birds in the Mediterranean region, we are also committed to better wildlife protection within Germany. This includes the combating of the illegal trade in wildlife, as well as campaigning for the introduction of concrete measures for endangered bird species in their breeding areas.

Import and trade in birds from the wild as domestic pets is still a great problem in Europe, even though it is now strongly regulated and almost completely banned. In press releases and information brochures CABS informs the consumer of the misery wild birds go through in captivity. We also investigate cases of poaching, the illegal trade in hunting trophies, taxidermy and wildlife smuggling. In our wild bird rehabilitation station at Kirchwald in the Eifel (Rhineland-Palatinate) we have a competent haven for confiscated birds. We have had some spectacular successes against illegal traders over the past few years.

In addition we inform the consumer about the trade in and import of exotic bird species from the wild, and the wretched conditions in which they are transported. In Germany we are committed to better protection for birds of prey from illegal hunting, trapping and trade., At the political level we maintain close contact with decision-makers in Berlin and Brussels and prepare position papers on draft texts of new laws (e.g. changes in the Federal Species Protection Regulations 2003, changes to the Federal Nature Protection Law 2004). The import of birds taken from the wild was finally banned in the EU in 2005, not least due to years of lobbying by CABS. The turnover for these ‘exotic goods’ in pet shops has declined dramatically.

In the southern Rhineland (North-Rhine Westphalia) the Committee Against Bird Slaughter has founded the Harrier Protection Group for the Zülpicher Börde. In this alliance nature lovers, ornithologists and local organisations, together with farmers and the responsible authorities, promote the conservation and protection of the endangered harrier species. In the states of Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg CABS also looks after two Black Tern colonies where up to 40 pairs of the species, threatened with extinction, brood and raise their offspring.

In eastern Schleswig-Holstein the Committee owns and takes care of wide ranging reserves where endangered wildlife and plant species such as Red-backed Shrike, Goldeneye, Tree Frog and different types of orchids have a last refuge. Together with our partner organisations we endeavour, through special methods of biotope management, to develop our reserves to serve as an example for other similar parts of the countryside.

A small donation will help us finance these species protection measures in the future.