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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Live and electronic decoys for hunting and bird trapping

The use of live decoys and electronic decoys is widespread in Lebanon. The poachers and trappers use them to lure the birds in front of shotguns and into their traps and nets. While the use of electronic decoys is illegal throughout the Mediterranean, live decoys (of certain species) are allowed in hunting almost everywhere. Not so in Lebanon - here both are punishable!

Live decoys

White stork tied to the ground as a live decoy
White stork tied to the ground as a live decoy

In Lebanon, live decoy birds are mainly used for bird trapping. Goldfinches, linnets and other finches are placed in small cages by nets and limesticks to attract others of their kind to the trapping sites with their song.

A somewhat rarer occurrence in the Mediterranean is the use of larger birds as decoys for hunting. They have usually survived a kill attempt and are kept in unspeakable conditions to be used at hunting sites during the migration season. Particularly affected are lesser spotted eagles, honey buzzards and white storks, but also cranes.