Report- Committee Against Bird Murder (CABS)
Employees of the Committee against Bird Murder (CABS) and a special unit of the Italian police have jointly taken action against illegal hunting and the trade on migratory birds in the Veneto region over the past 10 days.
The main focus of the controls was the lagoons south of Venice, in which hundreds of thousands of waterbirds from northern and central Europe are currently wintering.
As reported by the Committee against Bird Murder, 22 hunters were caught red-handed shooting down protected species or hunting with prohibited bait systems.
In addition, 21 shotguns, 6,400 rounds of ammunition, nine prohibited electronic decoys, and three professional poultry plucking machines were seized.
In a butcher’s shop in Padua supplied by the poachers, 961 frozen wild birds were seized during a search, including gadfly, pochard, teal pintail, shoveler, and white-fronted geese.
Criminal proceedings were initiated against the suspects for poaching, possession of unregistered firearms, and violating the marketing bans.
In the weeks leading up to the action, experts from the committee (CABS) had spent days collecting evidence against poachers from rubber dinghies, and then leading Carabinieri officials to their shooting huts.
The action is the largest campaign to date against poaching in the difficult-to-access lagoon landscape, which is of international importance for nature conservation as a resting and wintering area.
Committee chairman Heinz Schwarze thanked the authorities involved for the good cooperation and announced further assignments in Venice.
And I mean…Many of the animals were freshly shot, says the committee, and had just been handed in by hunters, while others were already plucked and frozen in sacks.
All species are strictly prohibited from marketing in Italy.
The birds – almost all of them endangered throughout Europe – were intended for restaurants in Venice.
Excellent job in all respects!
We thank and congratulate the courageous activists of the CABS
My best regards to all, Venus