Bird trade in Lebanon
In Lebanon, millions of birds are legally shot by hunters or illegally killed by poachers each year. Whilst many of the birds end up in the kitchen pot - many more are turned into money. Especially the trade with goldfinches as cage birds or commercial sale of frozen warblers is widespread.
Frozen warblers in supermarkets
Plucked and frozen songbirds are available from virtually every major supermarket in the frozen food section, right next to pizza and fish fingers.
The Goldfinch is a bestseller of every pet shop in Lebanon and can also be bought anywhere from street vendors to weekly markets.