Illegal bird trappers caught in Pembroke & Salini – CABS
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The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) reports that its investigations have led to the arrest of two illegal finch trappers and the seizure of 25 live birds during the weekend.
CABS said that in the first case, officers of the Administrative Law Enforcement (ALE) caught a poacher red-handed on a trapping site close to Pembroke after CABS alerted the authorities on Sunday morning.
10 live finches and numerous trapping paraphernalia, including clap nets, springs and cages were confiscated by the police. CABS said that the trapper admitted that his trapping site was not licenced and will be taken to court.
On the same day CABS said that they also observed and filmed a finch trapper "on a non-licenced site" near Ghallis Tower in the Salini area. "The man had set up an active clap net and 15 cages with live decoys including Goldfinches, Hawfinches, Siskins and Linnets."
CABS stated that when the police arrived, the poacher escaped, but later police confirmed that they have identified him on the basis of his car´s number plate and the footage taken by CABS.
In a third case the Law Court in Victoria found a man from Ghajnsielem in Gozo, guilty of illegally trapping finches during the closed season and using an illegal bird caller in March this year.
He was filmed and reported by members of a CABS team who were also called as witnesses during the trial on Thursday. The man was given a €700 fine and his trapping licence was revoked for two years.
CABS Wildlife Crime Officer Fiona Burrows praised the suspension of the licence but criticised the €700 fine as being "insignificant" and "in conflict with the announcement of the government´s declared policy of tough action against illegal bird hunting and trapping."