Hundreds of protected birds freed from traffickers’ claws
Source: IFAW 17-03-107
Raptors, like this falcon rehabilitated at the IFAW raptor rescue center in Beijing, were seized from an international trafficking ring in France and Belgium
A criminal network trafficking thousands of endangered birds has been dismantled in France and Belgium
Following a surveillance operation of several months by investigators of the National Office for the Prevention of Environmental Damage and Public Health, enforcement agents of the ONCFS (National Hunting and Wildlife Board) seized cages, snares, nets, falsified marking rings, and hundreds of birds.
These wild birds ranged from small species (European Goldfinch, Eurasian bullfinch, Bluethroat, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Hoopoe, Red-billed leiothrix) to large raptors (Eurasian sparrowhawk, Golden eagle).
Four individuals were indicted; they are facing each up to seven years of imprisonment and a 750,000 Euro fine.
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