A bird catcher was caught in the city of Messina: In addition to nets and traps, the man had a total of 14 Greenfinches, Linnets and Goldfinches in his possession that were intended to be used as decoys. To do this, the perpetrator put metal rings on the birds, to which cords are attached. These birds were used at bird catching spots to lure their fellow species into the nets by constant fluttering. This method has long been banned in Italy – the man was reported for cruelty to animals.
- Date of seizure: January 23, 2020
- Numbers of seized birds: 14
- Country: Italy
- Species: Finches, Goldfinch, Linnets