EU: More than 53 million wild birds are legally shot down each year!


More than 53 million wild birds are hunted down legal by hobby hunters every year in the European Union, including numerous species that are critically endangered in Germany. This is the result of a study * presented by the Committee Against Bird Slaughter and the German Council for the Protection of Birds, in which official hunting statistics from a total of 24 EU countries plus Switzerland and Norway were evaluated.



Most of the statistics come from the hunting season 2014/15 and together they indicate a kill of at least 53 million birds per year. In addition, an unknown number of animals are killed each year in countries without evaluable data (Greece, the Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom) and outside the study area in the Mediterranean or in Africa.

The authors emphasize, that a large proportion of the animals shot down are migratory birds that are in acute danger of extinction in some Member States. In Germany, for example, strictly protected lapwings, snipe-birds, turtledoves or skylarks are shot down to hundreds of thousands in France and southern Europe on their train to winter quarters in autumn. Every year, German and British hunters kill thousands of woodcock and Arctic geese from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

The long-term effect of such massive hunting is rated as devastating by the authors. In the years 1980 to 2013, at least 100 million lovebirds in the EU were legally killed by amateur hunters. During the same period, the European stock of turtle dove has decreased by 78%. In Germany, the species is on the Red List and is classified there as “highly endangered”.

“The results are alarming and they prove that hunting for certain species endangers or even completely destroys conservation efforts in other countries,” says Heinz Schwarze, chairman of the committee. The committee against bird murder and the German Council for Bird Protection (DRV) therefore demand from the European Commission to finally enforce Europe-wide hunting bans on endangered species.


My comment: who shoots migratory birds, wild birds, birds at all, and even when they fly home?
Only the insane killers, the hunters, who are favorably supported by the EU legislation.

But according to this article, the legitimate question arises: if we pay this crime syndicate to support the legal murder of
migratory birds and wild birds, then we are really to blame ourselves.

Best regards to all



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