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Cyprus points first-ever fines for poisoning wild birds

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

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

The punishment “represents an enormous step ahead that can hopefully have a powerful deterrent impact on comparable unlawful actions”, BirdLife’s undertaking coordinator Melpo Apostolidou mentioned in an announcement.

First time

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

The offences occurred in December 2021 when two uncommon Bonelli’s eagles and one long-legged buzzard had 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 mentioned.

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

Birds from spain

BirdLife described using 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 typical sight over Cyprus — within the Fifties there have been a number of hundred of the big scavengers throughout the island — there are actually regarded as 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 known as on the authorities to do extra to stop the poisonings.

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