In Wallonia, catching birds, has been banned for years. However, the phenomenon is still happening on a large scale. On Monday 07 May 2018, 670 birds were confiscated at five homes visited in the Verviers region.
670 birds confiscated in one day
A brief interview with the occupant of the premises, then Philippe Brasseur and his team head for the back of the garden. A workbench, a squeaky door and behind that door, a buzzing of wings and squeaks.
The officers of the anti-poaching unit and the Department of Nature and Forests have been right: victims of their shimmering colors and their melodious song, nearly 230 birds found here, in very small cages. Philippe Brasseur does not hide his emotion: “it’s exceptional, it’s really rare to find as much”. Together with his colleagues, he began to transfer the birds, methodically, one by one, from one cage to another. Finches, melodious linnets, redpolls, a crossbill, but especially goldfinches are on the list confiscated species.
False rings, for more benefit
The birds will be sent to a revalidation center and released when their condition allows. For some, injured or tired, it will take longer. Trap Cage, Net, or Glue: traps set up on the path of birds, to capture them, are often causes of injury.
These birds are sometimes kept by poachers for their own collection. But often, they are resold, in Belgium or elsewhere, for a few tens of euro’s a piece. Another practice is to put false rings on these birds, to make believe in animals born in captivity. Their detention then becomes legal, at least in appearance, and their trade more lucrative still.
- Date of seizure: May 7, 2018
- Numbers of seized birds: 670
- Country: Belgium
- Species: Finches