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Yet another bird slaughter in Cyprus

Images have surfaced of yet another mass killing of migrating birds in Cyprus. They’re shocking every time, and every time what becomes apparent is while some people are ignorant and cruel and hateful, there are others working their socks off to report the facts, witnessing scenes that must feel like a stab in the heart. The remarkable team at the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) face these challenges every day. Talk to them and they are modest about the work they do Images like these need to be seen, though. We need to be sickened. We need to feel ashamed of what humanity is capable of. We can’t – we mustn’t – ignore them. Millions and millions of birds depend on us looking, reacting, and fighting back.

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Cyprus: massacre on migration

October. All across Europe hundreds of millions of birds are leaving their northern breeding grounds in woodlands, gardens, marshes, and mountains to escape the winter. Heading for their overwintering/non-breeding grounds in eg sub-Saharan Africa or India, huge numbers will die en route. Starvation, predators, bad weather all take a toll – but literally millions of birds will die in mist nets or will be shot out of the sky for fun.

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