Malta – 15. 04. 2020
New CABS´ video shows illegal hunting and trapping - shot falcon found in Birzeguggia
Malta. The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) said that since the beginning of the hunting season its Malta-based staff and volunteers have observed numerous illegalities such as the widespread use of illegal bird callers and attempts to kill protected bird species such as Hoopoes, falcons, Marsh Harriers and Turtle Doves. The latest victim of illegal hunting is a female Kestrel [Spanjulet in Maltese] which was found by a CABS team on Easter Monday in a valley close to Birzebuggia. The bird has sustained typical shotgun injuries and was handed over to Birdlife Malta for treatment. A vet later confirmed that the bird was shot.
Yesterday (14th April) morning a CABS team found and reported another active trapping site for protected Hawfinches in a field near the airport. When the trapper saw ALE coming he took the caged finch decoys and left the site. ALE officers removed the trapping nets and CABS have passed video evidence and the number plate of the trapper to ALE for court proceedings.
CABS today also released footage which documents dozens of cases of illegal bird trapping and hunting recorded by its teams since March. The video was uploaded on Youtube and can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ug4FDhtTWo
Aside from many cases of illegal finch trapping the film also shows a poacher hunting during the closed season near Ghar Lapsi. CABS said that it has received and confirmed information that the man works as a prison guard in Corradino Correctional Facility.
CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION: CABS Press Officer Axel Hirschfeld, Tel.: +49 1794803805 or Email CABS@komitee.de