Stop the killing of millions of birds migrating to Spain. They face painful deaths in glue-filled traps!
Up to four million migrating birds will be killed by illegal Spanish hunters this year, with many dying a slow, sticky death in traps that literally glue the animals to the ground, according to campaigners.
Hundreds, if not
thousands, of hunters in Castellon, eastern Spain, and
neighbouring areas will have already set their so-called parany
traps - copses filled with glue-covered twigs and spikes.
Campaigners say the painful deaths suffered by the birds, whose
wings are glued together before their necks are broken or their
heads squashed, contravene European wildlife laws.
Up to two
of every five birds that fall into the parany traps will not be
thrushes. Hundreds of thousands of other migrating insectivores
such as robins, blackcaps, chiffchaffs and black redstarts will
Campaigners say it is time
politicians, whose attempts at legalising the traps in
Valencia's regional parliament have been stymied by Spain's
higher courts, publicly disavow a tradition that contravenes EU
A clear and welcome "zero tolerance" message came out of the "European Conference on Illegal Killing of Birds", held in Larnaca last July (2011).
We, the undersigned, now call for the political will that was evident at the conference to be transformed into action on the ground to stop the slaughter of birds in Spain.
This ecological disaster must be stopped.
I ask that real enforcement of the legislation is applied at all levels and that deterrent court fines are imposed to convicted trappers.
Campaigners fear that
with a change in Spain's government due after a general election
on 20 November, authorities will once more turn a blind eye to
illegal hunting of migratory birds.
I hope that you will do whatever is possible within your powers to eliminate illegal bird trapping in Spain.