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?