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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Committee Against Bird Slaughter - Spring Report 2024.

Committee Against Bird Slaughter - Spring Report 2024.

13.06.2024

In the first half of 2024, we carried out missions in eastern Spain, northern and southern Italy, Sardinia, Malta, the Greek island of Zakynthos, Cyprus and in Lebanon, with over 70 volunteers coming together from all corners of Europe and the Middle East. As a result of our fieldwork, the police have convicted 122 poachers and seized 249 traps, 153 nets, 19 hunting weapons, over 1200 rounds of ammunition and 53 decoys and rescued and released more than 400 live birds!

Read our new (first ever) Spring Report 2024 (PDF) by linking to the downloads and reports section of our website here.

Thanks for your continued support!

Environmental education and awareness in Lebanon

Environmental education and awareness in Lebanon

05.06.2024

In addition to our main international bird protection camps that take place in Lebanon twice a year, our staff and partners also increasingly present workshops and seminars to raise awareness regarding the importance of environmental conservation and curbing the widespread poaching of migratory birds. Together with our partners from SPNL and MESHC, we hold events with politicians, police officers, local government officials, mayors, hunters and at schools. The focus of the training is on methods for documenting crimes, enforcement and education projects at a community level. A key concern is to also highlight the significance of the Cedar State as a migratory bottleneck for millions of migratory birds. Last week, CABS staff and our joint Anti-Poaching Unit spoke to around 50 students in the northern Bekaa Valley at the invitation of a school.

CABS' Harrier protection project enters its 'hot phase!'

CABS' Harrier protection project enters its 'hot phase!'

11.06.2024

Our campaign to protect ground-nesting Marsh and Montagu's harriers in the Zülpicher Börde region (North Rhine-Westphalia) is entering the decisive phase. After locating the breeding fields and informing the farmers in recent weeks, we are now marking the nests! This year, the barley harvest (the endangered birds of prey's favourite crop) will take place particularly early. However, most chicks will need at least another three weeks to fledge. Once we’ve marked a protective zone around the nest site, farmers will therefore have to mow around most of the nests. We have currently identified a dozen broods, but new suspected cases are being added almost daily. Interesting observations are still coming in, especially from the biological stations and local ornithologists, so we certainly have our hands full! 

Read more here.

Illegal spring hunting in tourist hotspot

Illegal spring hunting in tourist hotspot

22.05.2024

The Keri peninsula forms the southernmost point on the Greek island of Zakynthos and is therefore the first resting place for migratory birds arriving from the southwest after crossing the Mediterranean. Many holiday tourists gather here in summer, but the arrival of migrating birds in April and early May make this location popular with poachers too. On the peninsula, numerous groups of poachers were observed by CABS teams illegally shooting migratory birds on a daily basis. Based on the feathers found and the number of actively used hunting hides in this area alone, thousands of turtle doves are believed to have been illegally shot here in spring season. During our last operation in Keri, two poachers were caught by the police. Read our full press release from today here.

Peregrine falcon poisonings in Germany.

Peregrine falcon poisonings in Germany.

07.06.2024

In the German districts of Unna and Steinfurt, persons unknown have killed two peregrine falcon families with poisoned bait. At the beginning of May, all four adult birds were found dead at breeding sites. A young bird that was still alive was taken to a vet with symptoms of poisoning, where it later also died. Back in April, a female peregrine falcon was found poisoned at another breeding site in Hagen. The banned insecticide carbofuran was detected in all six falcons and in the remains of a racing pigeon were found at a breeding site. CABS has filed a criminal complaint together with the local Peregrine Falcon Protection Group within NABU NRW (BirdLife partner). 

CABS are also offering a reward of 5000 euros for information leading to the identification of the perpetrators. More information available on our latest instagram post here.

122 poachers caught - over 400 traps and nets seized!

122 poachers caught - over 400 traps and nets seized!

19.05.2024

In the last three months, CABS has carried out 10 operations across 6 different countries in the Mediterranean region. Around 80 participants from across Europe helped to convict 122 poachers - 253 bird traps, 153 nets, 53 electronic decoys, 19 shotguns and 1200 rounds of ammunition were seized and around 400 birds were freed alive from various trapping devices. The poachers are now packing up, and so our teams of Bird Guards are doing the same. The return of the first bird trappers is expected again in August, when our bird protection camps will commence once again. Thank you to all helpers, the police and game wardens and of course our sponsors for their great support this spring!

Bird protection camp in Greece completed.

Bird protection camp in Greece completed.

13.05.2024

Although migratory bird hunting is legally suspended everywhere in the EU during spring, hunters on Zakynthos are out in force as if there were no international nature conservation law. During our four-week mission, an international team of ten CABS members inspected several parts of the Ionian island. We found around 140 active shooting shelters from which the poachers hunt turtle doves, orioles, birds of prey, cuckoos and swifts. As a result of our information, the police and game wardens have convicted 9 poachers - 10 further criminal proceedings against persons reported by us are still ongoing. A total of 9 hunting weapons, 140 rounds of ammunition and freshly shot birds were seized from the perpetrators. Planning has already begun for the next bird protection camp on Zakynthos.

Operations on Ischia completed - 3 poachers convicted.

Operations on Ischia completed - 3 poachers convicted.

08.05.2024

Over the past four weeks, two teams of CABS and the hunting wardens from WWF Italia have been monitoring bird migration on the island in the Gulf of Naples (southern Italy). Three poachers were convicted in close co-operation with the police (Carabinieri): A man had set 7 whinchat traps in a garden near Barano, the trapping equipment and an electronic decoy were seized. Near Forio, the police managed to convict two poachers of illegal spring hunting. Two hunting weapons and over 400 rounds of ammunition were confiscated from the perpetrators, as well as another decoy device. Because one of the hunters threatened the police officers, he was arrested and later placed under house arrest. A gun sniffer dog was also used during the police operation.

Bird protection camp in Malta mission complete.

Bird protection camp in Malta mission complete.

06.05.2024

With the end of the spring hunting season for turtle dove and quail, we have now completed this year's spring mission on the Maltese archipelago. Since the beginning of March, a total of 20 CABS members have been working on Malta and the smaller neighbouring island of Gozo to take action against illegal bird-trapping and later against the shooting of protected migratory species. During the bird protection camp, which lasted more than eight weeks, 37 poachers who had either stalked, trapped or hunted protected species were convicted by the police. The officers confiscated a total of 39 nets and 11 electronic decoys during the operations. Around 300 live birds, including golden and Mornell's plovers, for which no proof of origin was available, were also confiscated.

Your donation makes the difference!

Your donation will enable us to fund our campaigns and bird protection camps throughout Europe, to keep up the fight for migratory birds. CABS is almost exclusively financed with private donations, from nature and animal lovers, as well as foundations and nature conservation associations. In order to stay independent, we do not receive public funds and we refuse business sponsorships. CABS is recognised as non-profit, thus, donations are tax-deductible. For a donation of 25 € or more, you will receive a donation receipt at the beginning of the following year.

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