Background information on bird hunting, bird trapping and poaching.
Birds are the victims of hunting, bird trapping and poaching all over the world. In Europe alone, at least 50 million wild birds are legally shot each year. In addition, there are probably just as many that are targeted illegally and end up in poachers traps, nets or are hunted with shotguns without permission.
What is behind it, where are birds shot and caught, who are the perpetrators, what happens to the birds? And what is the legal situation?
On these pages you will hopefully find all the answers to these questions ...
Why are birds hunted?
In many parts of Europe wild birds are considered coveted delicacies, popular pets, unwelcome competitors, trophies and for some poachers a highly profitable business.
What methods are used?
Bird trappers and poachers in many parts of Europe target wild birds with traps, nets, firearms and poison. Most methods have been illegal for a long time.
Where are wild birds hunted?
Poaching and bird hunting remains widespread in the Western Paleartic, especially along the main migration routes. The focus in the Mediterranean is along the Western (Spain), Central (Italy, Malta) and Eastern (Cyprus and the Middle East) flyways.
Which bird species are affected?
While in Northern and Central Europe, gamebirds and poultry are on the hunting list, in the Mediterranean Songbirds are significantly affected by hunting and poaching.
Who catches and hunts wild birds?
Hunting and bird-trapping can be purely a 'recreational' activity, but more often than not there are also business interests. It is not unusual for the perpetrators to hide their commercial activities behind the guise of “old traditions".
Our work against poaching.
The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) has been working successfully against poaching and bird hunting in the Mediterranean region since 1975 with our bird protection camps, protest actions, targeted lobbying and campaigns.
The legal situation.
Birds are protected by a multitude of different regulations; hunting is regulated by international and national laws and regulations - the legal situation is difficult to understand.
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