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Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS)

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WATCH: Thousands of protected eagles & migratory birds slaughtered in Lebanon

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Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) publish a short video documenting our joint operations with local partners from Middle Eastern Sustainable Hunting Centre (MESHC) and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) in September and October 2023. The footage show our activists documenting illegal mass-killings of Lesser Spotted Eagles, Short-toed-Eagles, Black Kites, Levant Sparrowhawks, Honey Buzzards, Montagus´s Harriers, Marsh Harriers Kestrels and Hobbys in the district of Akkar, Northern Lebanon. 

Some days later our teams return to the sites. But this time they are accompanied by armed officers from the Lebanese Internal Security Forces who are able to disarm and arrest a total of 14 poachers.

Watch now our new YouTube video here

Winter bird protection camp in Sardinia.

Winter bird protection camp in Sardinia.

27.02.2024

In winter, birds are caught illegally with nets and snares in the forests of the Italian Mediterranean island. Strawberry trees, a Mediterranean shrub, are currently fruiting and provide plenty of food for wintering thrushes and other songbirds. The snares are usually set up by the bird trappers next to the berries or on the ground and strangle the birds as they try to reach the food. Wire snares for mammals are also regularly found. Nets are mainly set up on mountain ridges. The birds are then sold to private buyers or to butchers and restaurants. A Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) team is currently carrying out inspections in Sardinia to search for trapping sites.

Find out more about our work in Sardinia here

Anti-poaching operations underway in northern Italy.

Anti-poaching operations underway in northern Italy.

23.02.2024

This week, a CABS team has been deployed to the sub-alpine mountains of northern Italy, to search the difficult terrain for illegal trapping sites and to report incidents of illegal hunting. At this time of year, poachers are actively targeting the influx of thrushes (mostly fieldfare) and finches such as brambling, that move in from northern Europe, often using snap traps baited with grubs or berries. The birds are trapped to be killed and eaten as a ‘seasonal delicacy’ or live trapped using huge nets or box traps, so they be caged for used as live decoys for hunting – luring others with their calls into the path of awaiting shotguns. So far, we have already identified several sites which are under investigation in close cooperation with the authorities and we will report more updates next week.

Find out more about our campaigns and operations in Italy here

Winter operation against bird-trapping in eastern Spain.

Winter operation against bird-trapping in eastern Spain.

20.02.2024

Over the past two weeks, a Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) team has carried out several inspections of trapping sites in the province of Alicante. Our bird conservationists checked around 50 sites for activity. Trapping nets and fresh decoys were found at five active sites. At two of these sites, officers from the regional police managed to catch two bird trappers red-handed and confiscate their nets following our tip-offs. Many trapping sites remained deserted this winter, which had already become apparent in recent years and is a particularly positive development for bird conservation in the region!

Find out more about our campaigns and operations in Spain here

Attack on Italian nature conservation law.

Attack on Italian nature conservation law.

16.02.2024

Despite attempts on the part of the European Union to persuade Italy to implement measures against widespread poaching, the far-right political party Lega (formerly "Lega Nord") has presented a draft law that undermines nature conservation and promotes hunting even further. The paper on the amendment to the hunting law includes plans to extend hunting from the current 5 to 7 days of the week (hunting is currently suspended on all Tuesdays and Fridays, which is unique in Europe) and the use of thermal imaging cameras, which are currently still prohibited. Hunting in protected areas is also to be authorised and the hunting season extended. Furthermore, the inspection of breeding rings on decoy birds could also be restricted. The plan to massively curtail the right of nature conservation organisations to take legal action is also particularly treacherous. Together with our Italian partner organisations, the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) has launched a campaign against the torpedoing of nature conservation law - a protest campaign is already underway.

Swan slayer scolded for illegal trade in Germany.

Swan slayer scolded for illegal trade in Germany.

08.02.2024

An official from the Saxon State Office for the Environment (LfU) and based in Bautzen, Saxony has been found to be involved in the extensive illegal trade of swan meat following an investigation led by staff from CABS HQ in Bonn. According to the eNGO, the suspect has slaughtered more than 100 mute swans since 2016; and traded their smoked breast meat to “gourmets” via an online forum. Somewhat incredibly, mute swans are a legally huntable species in Germany; however, trade in parts and derivatives is strictly prohibited. Most recently, the accused offered around 50 smoked ‘hams’ made from wild swan breast meat at the beginning of February. The sale was illustrated with a photo of a smoker cabinet, containing more than 50 ‘fresh’ cuts. The man has previously published similar offers – 17 in total – in previous years. In the comments section of the forum the man confirmed that he had personally shot the birds while hunting. This could now cost him his hunting licence. The law preventing trade is intended to prevent wild birds from being shot en masse for commercial reasons. As an employee of the State Office of the Environment he must have been aware of the relevant regulations. We therefore reasonably assume that the offence was deliberate and habitual. Potential buyers are also under investigation and face fines of up to 5000€ under Section 38 of the German Federal Hunting Act.

Direct action in the ESBA of Cyprus.

Direct action in the ESBA of Cyprus.

03.02.2024

At first light on Friday, our CABS team in Cyprus conducted another successful anti-poaching operation together with officers from the Crime Action Team (CAT) unit of the SBA Police. After a somewhat intense chase on foot, two trappers were arrested and taken into custody and had their vehicle seized for using two huge mist-nets and a song thrush caller in Dhekelia. On site we found 6 freshly killed thrushes but also managed to rescue 2 thrushes, 1 robin and a stonechat. Since the beginning of January in close cooperation with SBA police, 4 trappers have been caught and prosecuted, 3 hunters prosecuted for using electronic decoys, 13 mist-nets, 7 callers have been seized and 21 birds (mostly thrushes) released from traps! A big thank you not only for our CABS team who have been working every day for the past month now, but also the excellent work of the SBA Police!

Find out more about our campaigns and operations in Cyprus here

Hunters & trappers protest against high fines in Cyprus.

Hunters & trappers protest against high fines in Cyprus.

30.01.2024

While the CABS team currently working in Cyprus has seen a huge increase in bird trapping with nets from 0 to 26 cases in the last two weeks, hunters and bird trappers demonstrated against our work last Saturday. At the event, speakers called for lower fines for the use of illegal electronic decoys and even for bird-trapping with limesticks to be authorised. As at similar marches in previous years, CABS was the focus of hostile attacks by hunting officials and bird-trapping lobbyists. In view of the brazen demands for a quasi-abolition of EU environmental law in Cyprus, CABS today call on the government to step up against poaching. Our current figures show that we are not impressed by the attempts at intimidation: Since the beginning of January, we have already convicted 18 poachers and dismantled 30 nets!

Read our full press release here.

Illegal bird of prey trap discovered near Lübbecke.

Illegal bird of prey trap discovered near Lübbecke.

26.01.2024

Following a report from CABS head office, police officers shut down a trapping facility targeting protected hawks and other birds of prey in the district of Stemwede (Minden-Lübbecke district, North Rhine-Westphalia) on Wednesday. The ladder trap, which is around five cubic metres in size, resembles an aviary and works on the same principle as a fish trap. A dead chicken and offal were used as bait to lure birds into the trap. Hunting interests are suspected as the motive, as there is a raised hide, a freshly filled pheasant feeder and two active fox traps in the immediate vicinity.

You can find our more about our campaigns and operations against illegal raptor persecution in Germany here

Action against water-fowling in northern Italy.

Action against water-fowling in northern Italy.

23.01.2024

Over the past two weeks, CABS teams have been working with the Italian police to monitor waterfowl hunting in the Po estuary and the lagoons of Venice. Thousands of hunters go bird stalking in the almost inaccessible water landscape, the areas of the lakes and oxbow lakes are covered with hunting huts. 8 hunters were caught committing criminal offences. They had used electronic decoys or left ammunition unattended in their huts. Proceedings for administrative offences were opened against 12 other hunters who had used prohibited lead ammunition in the wetlands. A total of 7 shotguns and 40 shot teal and mallard ducks were seized.

Learn more about our work in the Po Delta here

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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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