Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e.V. Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS)

Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e. V.
Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS)

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Deutschland – 20. 01. 2023

Live songbirds, bird traps and animal trophies seized - police crackdown on wildlife crime in Lower Saxony.

 Thomas Krumenacker 

Haste/Hanover. Police and nature conservation authorities have taken action against a suspected animal trafficker and bird catcher in the district of Schaumburg (Lower Saxony). During a check in the municipality of Haste at the beginning of the year, several traps and nets for catching birds as well as numerous live songbirds were discovered and confiscated on the property of the accused. More than 50 frozen and stuffed birds - including owls, an eagle, a black kite and several hawks - were also seized in the man's house. How the suspect came into possession of the strictly protected animals is the subject of investigation. In addition to ten police officers, employees of the Lower Saxony State Agency for Water Management, Coastal Protection and Nature Conservation (NLWKN) and the district administration's nature conservation office took part in the inspection.

The man was targeted by the authorities following a report from the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS), whose staff had documented the man's activities last year and filed a complaint with the public prosecutor's office in Bückeburg. The case concerned the suspicion of illegal trapping and keeping or selling native songbirds, including bluethroats, nightingales, redstarts, wagtails and wrens. In order to sell birds, the man had placed advertisements on the portal "Tierflohmarkt.de", among others. The sold animals were then shipped to customers all over Germany by courier services.  

The confiscated songbirds were taken to a care centre by the authorities and are to be reintroduced into the wild as soon as possible. Since some of the species are migratory, the release will have to wait until spring. Criminal proceedings have been initiated against the man on suspicion of violating the Federal Nature Conservation Act, the Animal Welfare Act and weapons regulations.

Contact for queries: Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e.V., Dipl.-Biol. Axel Hirschfeld (press spokesman), Tel.: 0049 228 665521, presse@komitee.de, The Komitee gegen den Vogelmord is based in Bonn and campaigns throughout Europe against illegal hunting and trapping of protected wild birds. Find out more about our activities here: www.komitee.de