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Welcome to the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS)

Report about the CABS Lebanon campaign (04.02.2019)

The CABS campaign against illegal bird killing in Lebanon is getting increased international attention. Our operation "Safe Haven", which CABS conducts together with its local partners Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon and Middle East Sustainable Hunting Centre (MESHC), has already been widely covered by the local Lebanese media. American broadcaster National Public Radio (NPR) is now catching up with this long reportage about our work against illegal songbird trapping in the Northern Bekaa plain at the border to Syria.

You can read more about our work in Lebanon here »»
Videos from the last CABS bird protection camp in Lebanon can be found here »»

Florence and Calabria: 8 poachers caught (24.01.2019)

In Florence (Central Italy), together with teams from the WWF and the Carabinieri (police) we have made a successful sting on a "fat fish": a 76-year-old poacher as he attended his trapping nets. During a subsequent premises search, officials found 70 wire snares for mammals, 49 snap traps for songbirds, nine leg hold traps, two large nets and 2,200 rounds hunting ammunition and several firearms. In the freezers 17 protected songbirds (mostly robins) and were found and 60 stuffed animals were seized. In Calabria (southern Italy), in a joint operation with police we caught 7 hunters using electronic acoustic callers to lure and shoot protected finches.

CABS Bird Protection Camps 2019 (10.01.2019)

Our schedule for the year ahead is now available via our website. With your support, we will conduct around 25 bird protection camps, deploying teams of bird guards in the poaching hotspots of the Mediterranean and helping protect the flyways for migratory birds. If you are interested in joining one of our bird protection camps you should be aware that we expect participants in our operations to meet a number of requirements.

Take a look here for the dates and informations about participation »»

Christmas campaign in Cyprus:
Nets and limesticks instead of cinnamon stars and "Jingle Bells" (24.12.2018)

Catching overwintering thrushes, redstart and other songbirds is common in Cyprus over Christmas. The birds are one of the most popular delicacies over the public holidays. This year, for the first time ever, CABS will have a Christmas mission on the Mediterranean island and will be active throughout the holidays. We do not count on police support - the campaign is considered one of the most critical of the year!

News about the Christmas campaign is available in our camp diary »»

CABS Annual Report 2018 (14.12.2018)

As 2018 draws to and end it is time for us to take stock and look back. This year we’ve conducted a total of 26 bird protection camps, bringing together around 250 participants from all corners of Europe and found and dismantled a total of 4,532 bird traps, 569 nets and 147 illegal electronic decoys. 146 poachers were convicted and more than 4,000 illegally trapped or caged songbirds were released. In our Annual Report 2018 (attached PDF) we have provided a summary of the results of our campaigns and broader work as a whole – there may even be some snippets you weren’t aware of!

You can download the report as PDF here »»
An online version can be found here »»

Cyprus: Chris Packham publishes new video (03.12.2018)

‘Birds have no borders’: This autumn in Cyprus, Chris Packham met up with our CABS team and the SBA police to see what improvements have been made in the fight against illegal bird trapping. As a result of working in close cooperation with the authorities, bird trapping in the British Eastern Sovereign Base Area on Cyprus (ESBA) has declined in comparison with autumn 2017. However, despite the introduction of higher fines last year, over the border in the Republic, trapping remains common and widespread and millions of birds are being illegally killed each year.

Watch the full video here: Cyprus: Massacre on Bird Migration 2018

Thousands of rare Lesser Spotted Eagles die in Lebanon (27.11.2018)

Berlin / Bonn - 5000 Lesser Spotted Eagles are killed each year by poachers in Lebanon as they attempt to complete the migration to their wintering quarters. This shocking estimate is the result of a joint research by the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and the German journal Der Falke. The estimate is based on the evaluation and combination of several indicators. The authors call for stronger political pressure from the European Union on the government in Lebanon. "Because in many EU countries, measures to preserve the species are supported with considerable sums of money. The birds literally vanish in a plume of smoke thanks to the actions of the bird hunters, "criticize Hirschfeld and Krumenacker.

Our recent press relaese and a PDF of the article "Fatal Flight" can be found here »»

CABS Camp Diary Autumn 2018 now online!

From mid-August to December 2018, CABS Bird Protection Camps will be held in Italy, France, Spain, Serbia, Malta, Cyprus and Lebanon. A total of 13 actions is attended by around 150 volunteers from all over Europe. We regularly report on the missions that we carry out together with our partner associations and in consultation with the relevant authorities.

You can find our diary with recent informations here »»

Malta: 34 cases of illegal trapping detected in only 2 weeks
Major clampdown on on Gozo - new video (30.10.2018)

CABS volunteers have documented and reported 34 cases of illegal bird trapping to the police in the last two weeks. These included 12 incidents in which CABS activists filmed finch-trappers red-handed and called the police. CABS said that a total of 19 suspects were involved in these 12 incidents, 10 of which have already been identified by the police and are expected to be taken to court. „We are still analysing our video footage and are confident that the material will lead to more arrests in the coming days“, CABS Wildlife Crime Officer Fiona Burrows said. She added that CABS reports also resulted in the confiscation of 61 live protected birds, 15 clap nets and extensive paraphernalia used to trap protected finches.

Read our recent press relaese here »»

Brescia Bird Protection Camp has come to an end
46 poacher arrested, 780 nets and traps seized (29.10.2018)

Over and Out: 46 poachers convicted, 671 bird traps, 101 nets collected and 11 guns seized - this is the result of our bird protection camp in Brescia (Italy). From 29th September to 28th October, a total of 52 CABS members from Italy, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and the USA were deployed in the northern Italian province. They found 48 active sites which were reported to the police. With the end of the bird migration and the approach of winter the trapping will now dwindle. A big thank you to the participants of the mission, the police and of course all the CABS supporters, without you these results would not be possible!

Read more about the CABS Brescia campaing here »»