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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Bird hunting as a tradition

Stone traps are still allowed in France today - for the "preservation of tradition"
Stone traps are still allowed in France today - for the "preservation of tradition"

Bird trapping and hunting are linked to traditions. It is not just about the actual activities as such, but also about personal identity. Hunting traditions are just as important as dialects or handcrafts. 

As a result of globalisation, some people feel attracted by the idea of regional identity, so in many areas "old traditions" are becoming more significant again. Anyone who feels that they are being run over by supposedly uncontrollable powers (such as a central government or the EU) will quickly fall for the simple slogans of some regional politicians who often instrumentalise hunting traditions in order to gain votes in elections. Bird trapping and hunting have become a chess piece of political sway.

Politicians who advocate the preservation of traditional hunting methods don't usually do it out of love for tradition, but because they can gain more popularity within certain groups of voters. They often work closely together with local hunting associations, who under the guise of "protecting traditions", try to prevent impending bans on cruel and unsustainable hunting methods. This is why the work against old hunting methods is so tedious. Those who work against traditions of any kinds must have a lot of patience!