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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22. 03. 2024

Raid on Sicilian bird market in Palermo.


The "Ballarò" - a notorious bird market where wild caught birds and other illegal goods are sold under the counters - is located in the centre of Palermo. The phenomenon has been known for many years and there have been numerous police operations with dozens of people arrested. Following another tip-off from employees from our partners at Gruppo Adorno, which is financially supported by the Committee Against Bird Slaughter - CABS, the police have arrested four people selling freshly caught goldfinches (photo) and siskins during a check at the market. 20 wild birds were seized in the process. This was not an easy operation for both our members and the police officers, as Palermo is considered one of the main focal points of organised mafia crime in Italy. Further actions are planned.