Cyprus issues first-ever fines for poisoning wild birds

Cypriot authorities have for the primary time issued fines for the killing of uncommon wild birds utilizing poison baits, conservationists on the Mediterranean island stated Monday.

Fines totalling 21,000 euros (virtually $23,000) have been final week ordered for a person after three birds of prey have been discovered lifeless at a rural property within the southern Limassol district, the group BirdLife Cyprus stated. 

The punishment “represents an enormous step ahead that can hopefully have a robust deterrent impact on comparable unlawful actions”, BirdLife’s mission coordinator Melpo Apostolidou stated in a press release.

First time

“It’s the first time in Cyprus the crime of utilizing poison baits and killing wild birds with the usage of poison has been prosecuted.”

The offences occurred in December 2021 when two uncommon Bonelli’s eagles and one long-legged buzzard have been discovered lifeless close to Dierona village after a GPS transmitter fitted to one of many eagles led authorities to the invention.

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Proof collected linked the deaths to the suspect who was discovered to have deliberately killed the animals “to guard chickens” from the birds, Apostolidou stated.

Below Cypriot legislation, courts can impose jail sentences of as much as three years or fines of as much as 20,000 euros, or a mixture of each for every offence.

Birds from spain

BirdLife described the usage of poison baits within the countryside as a wildlife crime, saying it has pushed iconic species together with the griffon vulture to the brink of extinction in Cyprus.

As soon as a standard sight over Cyprus — within the Nineteen Fifties there have been a number of hundred of the massive scavengers throughout the island — there are actually considered solely 9 griffon vultures left.

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Since 2005, 31 vultures have been poisoned and makes an attempt are being made to restock the inhabitants with birds from Spain. 

Apostolidou referred to as on the authorities to do extra to forestall the poisonings.