Last Saturday (16-02-2019), officials of the Carabinieri, team CITES, found protected birds at the traditional bird market Ballaró in the heart of the Sicilian capital Palermo again, in accordance with a report of CABS
A total of 140 Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) and Chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs) were seized. These birds were illegally caught in the wild and intended be sold as cage birds to “bird lovers”.
For the past three years, CABS has been researching the notorious market on a regular basis. In the meantime, several thousand birds have been rescued there.
The 140 finches were released immediately after the raid, in Palermo’s Orleans Park.
- Date of seizure: February 16, 2019
- Numbers of seized birds: 140
- Country: Italy
- Species: Passerines (songbirds)