As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

CABS Bird Guards witness 4 protected birds shot down in Malta & Gozo


In the last 24 hours teams of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) said that they have witnessed hunters shooting down 4 protected birds. in both Malta and Gozo.

“These include a Kestrel killed near Safi at around 7:35 AM this morning, a Honey Buzzard which was shot down in Has-Saptan valley today at around 8:15 AM and a Grey Heron which was blasted out of the sky close to Bidni at 8:23 AM.”

The case in Bidni was documented on video and can be seen below. CABS said that “the footage was shown to an ALE patrol which arrived 40 minutes after CABS alerted the Police General Headquarters. The officers conducted a search in the area but did not find either the dead bird or the person who shot it down.”

“The poacher would have had enough time to hide the bird or to leave the area with his illegal prey,” commented CABS spokesman Axel Hirschfeld. He said that CABS was informed that two of the ALE off-road vehicles used for hunting surveillance are currently not available due to various malfunctions thus decimating the number of ALE patrols in the field by two.

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