Tag: poaching

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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Decathlon’s war on wildlife?

A new petition has been launched asking French-based sports goods retailer Decathlon to stop promoting the slaughter of songbirds and migratory birds. In its first few days 44000+ people have signed it, including us, but it has raised some interesting questions that we think are worth discussing. It is an important test of what the UK public thinks about the sale of equipment to kill small birds like thrushes and it undoubtedly contributes to the larger debate about hunting and poaching. Kudos to Colin MacLennan for setting it up. Will it change how Decathlon operates though?

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France ordered to ban lime sticks

The European Commission has just ordered France to enforce existing legislation banning the use of lime sticks or ‘glue traps’ to catch wild birds. The country has been given until October to definitively outlaw the practice. Under huge pressure from hunting lobby groups, France has used a rolling derogation on ‘glue traps’ in five south-east departments on the grounds that it is “traditional” (a familiar excuse that campaigners will recognise as having been used to justify everything from clubbing seals to hunting foxes and contributing to a near-terminal decline in the European population of Turtle Doves).

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What do we do with a problem like Malta?

Malta. For some a small, fiercely independent island in the Mediterranean with a rich culture and a proud population. To others a holiday destination that offers sun, sea, and sand. For yet more of us, it’s ‘that place where migrant birds die‘, a seemingly lawless rock where shooting Turtle Doves, Quail, and Honey Buzzards is a vile, outdated hobby practiced by a thuggish minority supported by yet another bunch of trigger-happy hunting lobbyists who think that ‘tradition’ outweighs international conservation concerns, EU law, and the right to life of species that simply can’t survive yet another pressure inflicted upon them by us humans…

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Podcast: Checking in with Boyd Leupen, Monitor Conservation Research Society

Here at The War on Wildlife Project we were thinking that as us campaigners, conservationists, and activists can’t get out to meet and see each other now, how about creating something to bring the conservation community together – everyone from individuals to grassroots organisations to larger charities – something that reminds us all that we’re still out there, still working, but that also shows the human side of things during this COVID-19 crisis. We could think of them as ‘check-ins’ – as in ‘checking-in to make sure we’re all okay’.

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Press Release: Wildlife criminals taking advantage of COVID-19 crisis

“Criminals are using the COVID-19 pandemic as cover for a significant increase in wildlife crime in Central and Eastern Europe. In March alone, in total at least 27 protected birds of prey were illegally killed in Austria and another three in neighbouring Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Several other suspected cases are still being investigated and clarified, while the number of unreported cases is likely to be much higher.” Press Release from WWF Austria

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