Target: European Union Director-General for Environment, Daniel Calleja Crespo
Goal: Take effective steps to end the hunt of millions of birds using inhumane glue traps.
Each year, millions of wild birds end up glued to branches before being crushed, drowned or cooked alive. An estimated 25 million thrushes, larks, robins and other birds are illegally caught and killed during their yearly migration to Southern Europe. Despite these cruel practices being against the law, thousands of hunters in Italy, France, Spain and other Mediterranean countries are allowed to get away with trapping, torturing and slaughtering millions of birds each year.
Glue-trapping involves covering twigs, branches and other surfaces in a thick, sticky substance in which birds become stuck and from which they cannot escape. Trapped birds writhe around distressed, tearing out feathers and breaking their own wings in an effort to get free. Those who survive until they are found have their necks broken, their eyes gouged out, are crushed or drowned and end up fried and served as food in local eateries.
Moreover, several of the species caught are severely endangered. Many untargeted birds wind up caught in the glue-traps as well, as this hunting method is far from being selective. Blackcaps, warblers and owls easily fall prey to the birdsong recordings hunters use to attract the birds. Sadly, these horrific practices are growing and contributing to the decimation of birds in Europe. A recent assessment revealed that a fifth of European birds are at risk of extinction.
Despite the extent of this barbaric practice, local authorities and European officials continue to turn a blind eye to the illegal hunting of migratory birds. These beautiful birds should be able to migrate safely and do not deserve to meet such unnecessary and horrific deaths. Sign this petition urging European authorities to act fast to end the atrocious and massive yearly hunt of migratory birds.
Dear Environment Director-General Calleja Crespo,
Each year, an estimated 25 million birds end up in inhumane glue-traps across Southern Europe. Numerous birds, including thrushes, larks, quails and robins, are killed in this way as they undertake their yearly southbound migration. Some of these species are severely endangered and this widespread practice has contributed to one-fifth of European birds being at high risk of extinction. Indeed, glue traps are far from being selective and blackcaps, warblers, owls and other untargeted animals easily fall prey to the birdsong recordings hunters use to lure the birds.
Birds who get stuck in glue traps writhe around distressed, tearing out feathers and breaking their own wings in an effort to get free. They then have their necks broken and are crushed or drowned to end up fried and served as food.
Despite these cruel practices being illegal, hunters in Italy, France, Spain and other Mediterranean countries are allowed to get away with trapping, torturing and slaughtering millions of birds each year. These animals deserve to be protected while they undertake their vital annual migration. Please take urgent steps to put a stop to the illegal hunting of migratory birds.
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Photo credit: Minette Layne