Slaughter of migratory birds on the shores of Egypt
140 million birds killed every autumn
A disturbing picture presents itself along the Mediterranean coast of Egypt: Journalists of the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation (BR) have documented continuous nets along 700 km of coast, recalling a picture know from ball fences around sport courts. But here the nets are used to catch birds at an unimaginable scale, to offer them later as delicacies on the markets and in the restaurants across the country.
Two billion migratory birds are currently making their way from Europe to their wintering grounds in Africa. For 140 million of them the deadly final stop is called Egypt. One in seventeen of all European migrant birds gets caught in what is the largest bird trap in the world!
Along 700 kilometres the fine trapping nets are stretching along the entire Egyptian Mediterranean coast from Gaza to Libya. 700 kilometres of gapless doom.
Some birds are flying up to 1,000 km a day, without resting even once. They accomplish incredible performances – every autumn anew. But instead of respect and recognition for their unique achievements it is agonizing death that is waiting for them.
Since the „Arab Spring“ and especially since the unrests earlier this summer, due to the crisis of state and economy, the hunt for birds has gone completely out of control. This unrestrained poaching is largely illegal – but nobody cares about the rules. Too tempting is the profit of the cruel deed: For a single quail the men get five Euros!
The trapped birds are being brutally mutilated, stuffed into tiny cages, slaughtered on the markets and sold – as precious delicacies. Nightingales, bee-eaters, red-backed shrikes, corncrakes, golden orioles,…
What is more is this: Many of the trapped bird species are red-listed in Europe. Many are facing extinction anyway and are being protected and nurtured in Europe with great expenditure.
We have to put an end to this insanity. Stop bird slaughter and cruelty to animals, protect the life of our migratory birds – together with NABU! Please sign this petition!
NABU is not going to watch this drama without doing anything. With your help, we will act:
• In November we will submit this petition to the Egypt government and to the German government.
• With the help of our partner network of BirdLife International we are putting pressure on Egypt via national and international institutions.
• We are supporting our partners and responsible government bodies in Egypt with advice and financial resources, to help them improve and enforce their hunting laws to put an end to this bird slaughter. Egypt needs a new start. Let’s make a start by tackling illegal bird slaughter.
• We will prompt the German and other national European governments as well as the European Union to direct aid money especially to projects that are contributing to an end of the bird slaughter.