Birds know no borders - that is why migratory bird conservation should not be thought of on a national level. Effective bird conservation is not possible without thinking outside the box. It is important to consider the species' entire habitat. Habitat protection for migratory birds in Central Europe only makes sense if the migratory routes in the Mediterranean region are protected as well as the wintering areas further south.
In addition to its anti-poaching activities in the Mediterranean, the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) therefore also campaigns for migratory bird protection at the international level. Our most important contact is the EU Commission in Brussels, because this is where the directives are drafted that are used to regulate bird protection in all EU Member States. With lobbying in the EU Parliament, contacts to the Environment Commission, international press work and publications on the subject of migratory bird poaching and hunting, we exert influence on the framework conditions for migratory bird protection together with our partners throughout Europe. In addition, CABS has an observer seat in the Bern Convention - the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats.
Campaign against Turtle Dove hunting
Hardly any other bird species stirs the blood of hunters as much as the turtle dove. Around two million turtle doves are officially shot in the EU every year, bringing the species to the brink of extinction.
Hunting bags in Europe
In the European Union, more than 53 million wild birds are legally shot by hunters every year - this is the result of a study by CABS, in the framework of which official hunting statistics from a total of 24 EU states were evaluated.
Derogations from the Birds Directive
We work specifically against derogations to hunt protected species or to use prohibited traps. While derogations are always applied in national legislation, decisions always have an impact on the EU as a whole.