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Parliamentary questions
23 April 2013
E-004547-13
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Alyn Smith (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Illegal bird hunting in Cyprus
 Answer(s) 

According to the Birds Directive (2009/147/EC), the hunting of migratory birds in Cyprus is illegal, but the practice currently continues unabated.

It is estimated that up to 3 million rare birds are killed each year. Hunting often involves the use of nets and sticks; a particularly non-selective method which is specifically banned under the directive. The survival of several species of bird is threatened by this illegal hunting.

Issues relating to the implementation of this directive have been raised before, by both myself and others, though little action appears to have yet been taken.

Could the Commission outline what measures it is taking, as well as those measures, if any, which have already been implemented, to put a stop to this illegal practice?

 OJ C 35 E, 06/02/2014
Last updated: 6 May 2013Legal notice