October 25, 2017
The Dutch province of Friesland is one of the worst parts of northern Europe for the illegal slaughter of wild birds, according to a new inventory by bird protection group Bird Life International. The Netherlands is one of six hot spots singled out for specific criticism, alongside the likes of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Germany.
The report estimates that between 400,000 and 2.1 million birds are killed illegally in northern Europe and the Caucasus every year. In the Netherlands, around 1,200 birds of prey are killed every year but it could be as many as 3,100, according to bird protection group Vogelbescherming. ‘We know nests are being emptied or shot to bits, but far from every incident gets reported to us,’ said spokesman Lars Soerink. ‘So it is difficult to give an exact number.’
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