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Published on Feb 1, 2009
Despite a dramatic population decline in the EU the Lapwing is still listed as a huntable bird species in the european directive for the protection of birds. The result: More than half a million lapwings are killed by hunters and trappers in France, Spain and Italy each year. The Committee against bird slaughter (CABS) is working for a better protection of the Lapwing in Europe and demands that hunting of this species will be banned in the whole EU. The video shows Lapwing trappers in the Aisne valley (France). Birds on passage are deceived by an apparently ideal roosting biotope of artificial ponds with small islands, shallow water zones and live Lapwing decoys. No sooner have the birds landed than they trapped in clap nets of up to 200 m² in area. These protected birds, which are on the Red List of endangered species throughout Europe, are later grilled and served as "Vanneaux à la crème".
Copyright: CABS / Komitee gegen den Vogelmord, Dipl.-Biol. Axel Hirschfeld
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