The way is clear for storks: The first white storks to move north have been sighted in Lebanon.
The day before yesterday, over 100 of the protected birds came to rest in a project area of our partner association Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) on the edge of the Bekaa Valley.
This video shows the animals on the snowy afternoon in the highlands of the cedar state.
A team from the “committee against bird murder” specially trained in poaching and (SPNL), together with the police, drove around the sleeping community patrol and ensured the safety of the resting migratory birds.
The fact that the storks were able to continue their flight into the breeding areas the following morning is anything but self-evident – a few years ago the birds would have been attacked at the latest when they left.
Even if there is still a lot to do, our campaign for better migratory bird protection in Lebanon is now showing its first successes.
My comment: Every year the “committee against the bird murder” receives news about massive “stork massacres”, which come mainly from the mountains east of the city of Tripoli in the north of the country.
Much of this information is published by the psychopath poachers themselves, who regularly display “trophy photos” of themselves and their prey in social networks despite the prohibitions.
The videos of the discovered poachers show that automatic rifles – such as Kalashnikovs (!!!) – are also regularly used for stork hunting.
Our psychopaths here in Germany are not much better.
Germany’s hunters killed over 820,000 wild boars in the 2017/18 season.
It is the highest result ever.
There was even money for each animal shot, between 50 and 200 euros.
This is called “bounty” in the killer language.
Nevertheless! A crime is not “understood” because another similar or worse one happens somewhere else.
Hunting is and remains murder, regardless of the extent and the nationality.
And every prevent murder to animals makes us happy and brave to continue fighting against this barbaric hobby.
On behalf of the animals, we thank the courageous “bodygards” in Lebanon who saved the lives of the 100 travelers.
My best regards to all, Venus