Teams of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) together with officers of the Gozo police dismantled five massive cage trap installations designed for the mass-capturing of Turtle Doves.
All traps were found active and contained freshly caught birds as well as live decoys. 68 live Turtle Doves were seized, 51 of which were immediately released. 17 birds were brought into a rehab center for further treatment. CABS said that its teams have found the traps in the area around Xaghra and Marsalforn and in close vicinity to hunting hides.
The birds were caught to be sold and used as live decoys for hunters during the spring hunting season
- Date of seizure: April 28, 2016
- Numbers of seized birds: 68
- Country: Malta
- Species: Streptopelia turtur, Turtle doves