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WATCH: CABS & police take action against bird poachers in Malta

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The Commitee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) has released a clip from our spring anti-poaching operations in Malta in March 2024. The short sequence shows the environmental police officers arresting several bird trappers after our experts discovered and documented their illegal trapping sites.

The largest case so far occurred in the small town of Siggiewi, where police officers found three nets and a huge collection of 107 live birds on March 19. Dotterels, Golden plovers, numerous songbirds, including red-throated pipits, ortolan buntings, short-toed larks and various buntings - including a rare rustic bunting - were confiscated.

Watch now our new YouTube video 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.

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.

Swifts shot down in the island of Zakynthos.

Swifts shot down in the island of Zakynthos.

04.05.2024

CABS currently have teams active in the holiday island of Zakynthos, documenting the widespread and illegal spring hunting of protected migratory birds. Near the village of Ano Gerakari, one of our teams observed a poacher in a hunting hide continuously shooting like crazy at any passing bird. We immediately called the police. Upon arrival with the officers, the shooter had fled the scene. Close by we discovered two critically injured swifts ditched on the ground. We have since kept the site under surveillance, but the poacher has not returned.

This spring, a small team from the leading investigative new outlet in Greece Solomon joined us to witness first-hand the true scale of illegal spring hunting during the closed season. Read the aricle here: The “tradition” that kills thousands of turtle doves on Zakynthos.

Action against bird-trapping with limesticks in Lebanon.

Action against bird-trapping with limesticks in Lebanon.

28.04.2024

Almost 100 limesticks dismantled in Lebanon: On Friday, a team from the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS), together with our Lebanese partners and the police, collected a total of 92 illegal limesticks on the coastal strip south of Beirut. Alongside mist-nets, these glue traps are a widespread method of trapping birds in the Cedar State. The birds are sold as delicacies on the black market. 5 bird trappers were caught red-handed by our team at their trapping sites. Apparently, some of the men had been setting their traps for a long period of time, as large quantities of songbird feathers of various species were found at the bottom of their trapping sites.

Read more about our actions against bird trapping in Lebanon here.

Higher fines are a key factor to reducing bird trapping in Cyprus.

Higher fines are a key factor to reducing bird trapping in Cyprus.

22.04.2024

In recent weeks, teams of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) on Cyprus have monitored known bird trapping areas in the districts of Larnaca and Famagusta. Despite an intensive search, only eleven active trapping sites were found, with a total of 57 limesticks primarily placed on fruit trees. Two bird trappers were caught by CABS teams, together with the Game and Fauna Service and Cypriot Police. According to the national law 152 (I) of 2003 on the protection and management of wild birds and game, the men should now face a hefty fine of around 9200€ for illegally trapping birds in spring. CABS are calling on the Cypriot government to enforce similar penalties throughout the year. 

Read our full press release from today here

Ringed Storks from Germany and Poland shot down in Lebanon.

Ringed Storks from Germany and Poland shot down in Lebanon.

03.04.2024

A CABS team together with our local Lebanese partners recovered a white stork from Lower Saxony with gunshot wounds in the Bekaa Valley last week. The female with the ring number "DEH AT 57" was ringed as a young bird in the Brandenburg district of Prignitz on 10 June 2016 and has regularly bred in Wendland since 2021. Another ringed stork from Poland was found injured south of Beirut and had to be euthanised. The shooting of the two storks is unfortunately not an isolated incident. Every year, hundreds of thousands of migratory birds from Europe are killed by bird poachers in Lebanon, including time and again birds ringed in Germany

Read more about our work against the illegal shooting of protected species in Lebanon 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.

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