Poach­ers kill 2.3m birds in Cyprus

New Straits Times - - World -

NICOSIA: Poach­ers in Cyprus killed an es­ti­mated 2.3 mil­lion birds in au­tumn last year, in­clud­ing 800,000 on a Bri­tish mil­i­tary base, con­ser­va­tion groups said on Thurs­day. Poach­ing is banned on the Mediter­ranean is­land but song­birds, in­clud­ing robins and black­caps, are trapped and served as an il­le­gal del­i­cacy called “am­be­lopou­lia”. BirdLife Cyprus and Bri­tain’s Royal So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Birds said poach­ing rates were around their high­est ever, with crim­i­nal gangs earn­ing mil­lions from the ac­tiv­ity. Agen­cies

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