Via BirdLife Cyprus: Alarming Autumn Trapping Figures:
CYPRIOT TRAPPERS killed an estimated 776,000 birds this autumn to supply local restaurants with banned ambelopoulia delicacies, a lucrative trade authorities consistently fail to halt, charges local conservation group BirdLife Cyprus.
BirdLife Cyprus said the latest findings from its under-cover monitoring of the illegal cull showed a worrying upturn in trapping with mist nets and limesticks. “Autumn 2008 saw the highest level of mist netting we have detected in the field for five years and use of limesticks also seems to be on the rise,” said a spokesman for the organisation. “We are loosing ground and the missing enforcement link is concerted action against the restaurants flouting the ban on ambelopoulia.”