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Parliamentary questions
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15 January 2014
Question for written answer E-000369-14
to the Commission
Rule 117
Saïd El Khadraoui (S&D)

 Subject:  Illegal hunting of endangered migratory birds in Lebanon
 Answer in writing 

The hunting of birds has been banned in Lebanon since the mid-1990s. Unfortunately, this ban has not been observed, threatening European conservation projects for endangered species of migratory birds. Since Lebanon has no law on hunting, the authorities do not act to prevent it. Illegal hunters therefore continue to kill migratory birds on a massive scale, and even endangered bird species are not safe from this.

The Lebanese hunters also hunt for the whole year, which means that birds are killed even during the nesting period. These birds are often killed for consumption. This tradition should therefore not just be curbed, but should be restricted in such a way that the hunting does not jeopardise our European projects to protect endangered migratory birds.

Until recently, Egyptian and Libyan hunters hunted using nets, as a result of which endangered migratory birds were also caught in these nets and eventually died. However, at the end of November 2013, an international gathering took place in Bonn, Germany, where national and international governmental and non-governmental organisations met to resolve this matter and draw up an action plan.

I therefore have the following questions for the Commission on this matter:
1. Do you have an idea of the negative impact that such practices in Lebanon have on European migratory birds? What is the impact of hunting on our endangered European migratory birds? How much money does Europe pay to subsidise our conservation projects and how much European money is lost as a result of hunting in Lebanon?
2. Can you urge Lebanon to stop these hunting practices? What measures are you considering to limit the hunting of rare migratory birds?
Original language of question: NLOJ C 294, 02/09/2014
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