Parts of Europe are now “death traps” for migrating songbirds, according to the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS), which reports that millions of birds are illegally poached each year- literally. The birds are often either pickled or poached for a Cypriot “delicacy” called ambelopoulia.
Pickled songbird might not sound appetizing to you but, like shark fin soup, bird’s nest soup and turtle dishes, it’s part nutrition, part adventure and part folk remedy for those who consume it. The dish is expensive and involves illegal practices but, due to poor regulation of laws protecting songbirds, it can still be found in many restaurants.
Posted by: Dan | August 31, 2010