In September 2018, German police officers noticed two Dutch nationals a traffic control in Rehau, Upper Franconia (Bavaria).
They had 36 Live bee-eaters (see archive picture) and 38 waders, including plovers, sickle-footed- and dwarf sandpipers, in their luggage.
They had robbed the protected birds from nature in the Balkans and wanted to make money with these birdsin the Netherlands on the pet market.
The court order from the public prosecutor’s office in Hof, vonvicted these two bird smugglers. The main perpetrator has to pay € 4,950, his accomplice € 4,290. The penalties are remarkably tough by German standards