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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18. 11. 2022

Huge success in Cyprus: 60 poachers convicted!


Since the beginning of September, 16 bird protection activists from all corners of Europe, have participated in our autumn bird protection camp on the Mediterranean island - which is an infamous black hole for migratory birds. The camp is now complete, and the results are impressive: CABS teams confirmed and reported a total of 135 active bird trapping sites and 76 incidents of illegal shooting to the authorities. 60 poachers have been prosecuted (44 for trapping and 16 for illegal hunting). 1882 limesticks, 87 mist-mist nets and 128 electronic decoys were seized. 573 birds were saved and released from traps - mainly warblers, flycatchers and redstarts, but also orioles, scops owls, long-eared owls and even a fruit bat! Tens of thousands of other migrating birds safeguarded from being caught in the first place! Songbirds are still a sought-after delicacy - warblers in particular fetch top prices on the black market. However, the fines that the poachers are receiving are also gratifyingly high, averaging over €4,000!

A big thank you for the great effort of our brave boots on the ground, to the authorities and of course to our donors, without whom these results would not have been possible!

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