Illegal trappers on Cyprus killed more than half a million protected birds this fall for sale at local restaurants, conservationists said. It was the worst massacre in four years and came despite a European Union ban on the decades-old tradition, said BirdLife Cyprus Executive Director Martin Hellicar. “Illegal bird trapping in Cyprus is an indiscriminate practice that threatens many protected bird species,” Hellicar said. “The picture emerging from 2007 is grim.”
That’s just sick. While wild bird populations plummet over the past few decades, people who I’ll be calling neighbors (in 5 days) will be gleefully contributing to it.
Sickening, I tell you.