Bird protection camp in Lebanon is in full swing
Our bird protection camp in Lebanon started on 21.9. Until mid October, our international team of bird guards will monitor the poaching hotspots. The action is not without risk because of the economic situation, but with our friends from SPNL and MESHC Anti-Poaching Unit we have excellent partners at our side. In the first week, there were numerous controls in the centre and north of the country. On 27 September, three illegally kept Egyptian vultures were rescued from a private zoo in a courageous action in the south.
Autumn bird protection camp in northern Italy begins
On 02.10.2021 our big bird protection camp started in Brescia, Northern Italy. Until mid-November, 45 nature and animal lovers from Italy, Great Britain, Switzerland and Germany will search for illegal bird traps, trap nets or hunting areas and support the local authorities in their work. As usual, our primary focus will again be investigating and preventing the illegal use bow traps and snap traps, which are used by poachers to prey on robins and other songbirds which are regarded as a seasonal delicacy.
Read more about our bird protection campaigns and operations in Northern Italy here.
Malta: 12 bird trappers caught already
On the Mediterranean island of Malta, our CABS teams have already found 12 illegal trapping sites in the last two weeks and reported them to the police. Eight trap nets have been confiscated and criminal proceedings have been initiated against the perpetrators. The officers have seized more than 90 birds - among them dozens of finches such as hawfinches and goldfinches, but also various waders, e.g. Mornell's plovers, as well as several quails and even ortolans.
More info on bird trapping and bird hunting in Malta can be found here.
Lebanon: autumn bird protection camp starts
Our bird protection camp in the "Cedar State" started on 21.9. Until mid October, our team of experts from the UK, Italy, Germany, Turkey and Lebanon will monitor the poaching hotspots in the Lebanon Mountains.
The operation is not without risk due to the economic and political situation in the country, but with our friends from the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) and MESHC Anti-Poaching Unit we have reliable partners at our side.
Read more about our work in Lebanon here.
CABS activists face serious aggression from bird poachers in Cyprus
In Cyprus, in recent days, several CABS teams have been attacked by criminal poachers: At Liopetri, our bird guard teams were pelted with stones, in the British military area ESBA a team was surrounded and threatened by bird trappers. On 12.9, a notorious poacher threatened a committee member with a shotgun. In all cases, the police have initiated proceedings against the perpetrators.
Read our press release here.
The end of all bird trapping in France?
After the Supreme Court in Paris had already banned the use of glue rods in France in the last instance at the end of June 2021, the judges have now gone one better: With their decision of 6 August, they question the entire licensing practice of bird trapping in France. Horsehair snares, nets and stone squeeze traps are thus facing their final end. The ruling may have far-reaching consequences for bird conservation in Europe.
Read more here to decide whether it is already worth putting the champagne on ice!
Italy - Completion of our late summer bird protection camp
In the last three weeks, our summer operations have taken place in Northern Italy. In Lombardy and Friuli, 8 poachers were convicted - 61 snap traps, 3 nets and 2 live traps were seized by the police, as well as 2 shotguns and over 120 live birds - mainly thrushes and finches. Some more active trapping sites remain under control - with a bit of luck someone will still be caught here!
Find out more about our campaigns and operations in Italy here.
Start of operations in Malta and Cyprus
Our bird protection camps in Malta and Cyprus started on 4 September. In Malta, at the beginning of the month, the main focus is on monitoring the migration of storks, herons and birds of prey. Later in September, the main focus will shift to investigating illegal finch trapping. In Cyprus, as usual, our focus will be on tackling the rampant illegal bird trapping with mist nets and limesticks.
Italy must stop turtle dove hunting!
Huge success in court: CABS, together with our Italian partner association LAC, took legal action against turtle dove hunting in the Veneto region and won - the hunting season is off the table. With the same result, our friends from LIPU and WWF have gone to court in all other regions with hunting derogations. Only Puglia opens hunting today - our lawyer is already working on appealing to the administrative court here as well.
Read more here.
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.