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Parliamentary questions
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4 October 2017
E-006218-17
Question for written answer E-006218-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)

 Subject:  Songbird poaching and sales of ambelopoulia
 Answer in writing 

Last year an estimated 1.7 million songbirds were killed in Cyprus alone. An investigation found illegal mist nets, hidden electronic calling devices and poacher-planted acacia trees deployed in order to maximise songbird catches. In 1974, laws were introduced to ban non-selective capture methods, including lime‐sticks and mist nets. Bird trapping is also illegal under the EU Birds Directive and the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (known as the Bern Convention), both of which Cyprus has adopted.

1. What action is the Commission taking to stop such illegal activities in the Member States?

2. What steps is the Commission taking to address the perceived lax arrest and prosecution of said poachers, also with a view to stop their activities of illegal sales of ambelopoulia to restaurants in Cyprus ?.

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