31 Dec '11, 1pm

Poaching Songbirds for Supper On the Rise in Cyprus

Poaching Songbirds for Supper On the Rise in Cyprus

Frank Vassen /CC BY 2.0 The blackcap is a type of warbler. If you ask to be served a traditional delicacy in Cyprus, you might end up with a bowl of pickled songbirds , a dish whose continued popularity is leading to some 2 million bird deaths each year in defiance of the law. Though all forms of songbird trapping have been criminal offenses in Cyprus since 1974, the law is poorly enforced. Poachers on the Mediterranean island use a variety of methods, including playing tape-recorded bird songs to chase their prey into nets, to catch blackcaps and other small migratory species for the traditional dish called ambelopoulia , according to a recent broadcast of the public radio program "The World." Indiscriminate Trapping Killing Endangered Species Some traditional methods such as hunting with sap-covered twigs called "limesticks" have been passed down for generations, leading...

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