On Saturday 20th of October, the second shipment was seized this year, near a Fernetiči border crossing with Italy. Shipment of two boxes was discovered in a cargo part of a truck coming from Romania. A detailed inspection of boxes has shown that they contain 800 dead birds belonging to one protected species Eurasian Skylark. Birds were intended for the Italian black market, where they would be sold for food in the luxurious and prestigious restaurants.
DOPPS – BirdLife Slovenia and EURONATUR, within the project ”Safe Flyways – stop illegal bird killing in the Mediterranean”, are working on an issue of illegal trafficking of dead birds through Slovenia. The extent of the illegal trafficking through Slovenia is not known in recent years, but the seized shipment like this one on 20th of October is a good sign that it did not significantly decrease. Slovenia remains a transit country for birds caught in the Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.
- Date of seizure: October 20, 2018
- Numbers of seized birds: 800
- Country: Slovenia
- Species: Skylark (Alauda arvensis)