Amur falcons arrive in northeast Indian state of Nagaland from Siberia en route to their final destination — Somalia, Kenya and South Africa. These handsome little raptors having one of the longest migration routes of all birds, doing up to 22,000 km in a year. They are being hunted for consumption and commercial sale.
It is estimate that during the peak migration 12,000 – 14,000 birds are being hunted for consumption and commercial sale everyday.
It is further estimated that 120,000 to 140,000 birds are being slaughtered in Nagaland every year during their passage through the state.
It is tragic that these birds meet such a fate on their long journeys, and URGENT action is needed to protect them.
It is IMPORTANT to bring this to serious notice of The Government of India.
India, as a signatory to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), is duty bound to prevent this massacre, provide safe passage, as well as draw up appropriate action plans for the long-term conservation of this bird. Also In the recently concluded Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), of which India is the president for the next two years, the importance of CMS in conserving species, and especially in stopping bushmeat hunting, was repeatedly stressed.