The annual trapping quota is restricted to 20,000 thrushes. In other words, after investing a great deal of time and effort each trapper is only permitted to catch 80 birds during the two month season in autumn - on average less than one bird per day. It is hard to believe that only one bird is caught daily in the trapper’s 2,000 snares. The restrictions associated with the trapping licence are therefore purely hypothetical. CABS estimate that in fact many more than 100,000 are caught in season in the horsehair snares. These include protected birds and other wildlife species.
In the 1990s CABS organised a large scale protest campaign against bird trapping in the Ardennes. Tens of thousands of postcards were sent to the decision makers in Brussels and Paris, a dossier was handed over to the European Commission and thousands of snares were destroyed with the help of committed MEPs -sadly without any sustainable success to date. The European Commission failed with their appeal to the European Court of Justice - French civil servants produced falsified expert testimony that proved that the snares were indeed selective!