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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11. 01. 2023

Buzzard crushed in illegal leghold trap in Münster.


On 10. January the police in Münster (Germany) freed a mortally injured buzzard from an illegal leghold trap. The trap had been set up inside a fenced poultry breeders’ property and baited with a dead chicken. The officers were called by CABS staff who had discovered the bird after receiving a tip-off from the public. Unfortunately, the leg of the bird of prey was almost completely severed and the animal therefore had to be euthanised. CABS have immediately filed a report for cruelty to animals, poaching and violation of the Federal Nature Conservation Act. Whether the owner of the property is also the perpetrator is the subject of the investigation. We assume that the trap was set to keep predators away from the ornamental poultry kept at the scene. Buzzards are a strictly protected species, capture and killing of wild specimens are criminal offences. The use of leghold traps was banned throughout the EU.

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