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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Successes in Spain

Song thrush caught on a limestick
Song thrush caught on a limestick

CABS started our work against bird trapping in Spain back in 2001. At first, we only supported the EU with our research and lobbying work against bird-trapping with limesticks. Since 2011, we have also been actively working on the Iberian Peninsula with our bird protection camps. Despite the relatively short time period our successes are remarkable:

  • The Committee Against Bird Slaughter supported our Spanish partner associations in 2001 with background information and lobbying work in their campaign against bird-trapping with limesticks. The EU Commission agreed that the operation of the trapping installtions does not comply with EU law - and the requirements for the derogation, and ruled that Spain must ban the "Parany" and "Baracas".
  • An attempt by the regional government of Valencia in 2010 to allow the "Parany" once again also fails with the help of CABS.
  • Our bird protection camps launched in 2011 have led to a 90% reduction in the number of active limestick trapping sites within a few years. In less than 10 years, more than 35,000 limesticks have been collected during our missions.
  • Since a CABS intervention in 2013, the police works seriously against the poaching with limesticks. A ban on night missions by police officers has been relaxed so that they can take more effective action against poachers who are mainly active in the dark.