France accused of turning blind eye to orlotan trappers:
France’s League for the Protection of Birds hopes to have French authorities pronounced guilty of flouting a European ban on hunting the endangered species.
After long ignoring an EU directive protecting the skinny, sparrow-like birds, France three years ago promised to adopt a “zero tolerance” approach to poachers.
The League estimates that 50,000 ortolans are trapped and killed each year as they alight in France while migrating from Eastern Europe to North Africa.
While Ortolan Buntings aren’t actually an endangered species, they are protected by European Community’s Directive 79/409/EEC on the conservation of wild birds.