Il­le­gal bird trap­pers caught in Pem­broke and Salini – 25 live birds seized by po­lice

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Com­mit­tee Against Bird Slaugh­ter said that its in­ves­ti­ga­tions have led to the ar­rest of two il­le­gal finch trap­pers and the seizure of 25 live birds dur­ing the week­end.

In the first case of­fi­cers of the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Law En­force­ment caught a poacher red-handed on a trap­ping site close to Pem­broke af­ter CABS alerted the author­i­ties on Sun­day morn­ing. 10 live finches and nu­mer­ous trap­ping para­pher­na­lia in­clud­ing clap nets, springs and cages were con­fis­cated by the po­lice. The trap­per ad­mit­ted that his trap­ping site was not li­cenced and will be taken to court.

On the same day CABS also ob­served and filmed a finch trap­per on a non-li­cenced site near Ghal­lis Tower in the Salini area. The man had set up an ac­tive clap net and 15 cages with live de­coys in­clud­ing Goldfinches, Hawfinches, Siskins and Lin­nets.

When the po­lice ar­rived, the poacher es­caped but later po­lice con­firmed that they have iden­ti­fied him on the ba­sis of his car´s num­ber plate and the footage taken by CABS.

In a third case the Law Court in Vic­to­ria found a man from Gha­jn­sielem guilty of il­le­gally trap­ping finches dur­ing the closed sea­son and us­ing an il­le­gal bird caller in March this year. He was filmed and re­ported by mem­bers of a CABS team who were also called as wit­nesses dur­ing the trial on Thurs­day. The man was given a €700 fine and his trap­ping li­cence was re­voked for two years.

CABS Wildlife Crime Of­fi­cer Fiona Bur­rows praised the sus­pen­sion of the li­cence but crit­i­cised the €700 fine as be­ing “in­signif­i­cant” and in con­flict with the an­nounce­ment of the govern­ment´s de­clared pol­icy of tough ac­tion against il­le­gal bird hunt­ing and trap­ping.

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