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Monday, 3 May 2010

Ten protected birds of prey have been confirmed poisoned across the Irish Republic in recent weeks.

Ten protected birds of prey have been confirmed poisoned across the Irish Republic in recent weeks.
The birds included a golden eagle, as well as two red kites, two white-tailed eagles, three buzzards and a peregrine falcon.
One of the red kites had been released in Northern Ireland and was found dead in County Kildare.
The birds died after eating meat baits laced with pesticides, one of which is illegal in Ireland.
Two red kites and the peregrine were found dead in County Wicklow, the third red kite in Kildare, a golden eagle in County Leitrim, and buzzards in west Waterford, east Cork and County Donegal.
Within the last few weeks two white-tailed eagles were found dead near Beaufort, County Kerry.
Both eagles were said to be in excellent condition and had been surviving well in the wild for two or three years.
An investigation is being carried out by the Department of Agriculture and the Garda.
"The loss of a further two white-tailed eagles at this time is devastating," said Dr Allan Mee, manager of the White-tailed Eagle Reintroduction Project in Kerry.
"The older male could have been one of the first birds to breed in the wild in Ireland in over 100 years had it survived. Indiscriminate poisoning is literally killing our chances of re-establishing a population here," he added.
Fifty-five of the eagles have been released in Kerry since 2007. Thirteen of them have now been found dead, seven of them confirmed poisoned.

Source - London Wired News

Several members of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) have been attacked in the Ayios Mamas area of Paralimni

A team of international bird conservationists from the German-based Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS), who had just dismantled 30 limesticks and freed protected migrant species have been savagely attacked by three local men with stones, fists and boots near Paralimni.

Two Italian activists suffered severe bruising and were treated at the Famagusta General, whilst another Italian, German and British man - as well as an American journalist were also subjected to a beating.

The group said that their cameras and video recording equipment were stolen by the attackers.

CABS general secretary Alex Heyd, also part of the team, gave a vivid description of the incident: "Without warning the men drove up in a pick-up and ran towards us throwing stones. Two of the team were thrown to the ground and mercilessly kicked and punched. Our video camera was grabbed, smashed on the ground, and then battered against the temple of a barely conscious Italian bird guard."

Police have detained a 37-year-old man from Paralimni who is thought to have driven the three attackers to the area.

The attackers are still at large.

The local police are actively pursuing the investigation of the attack against the conservationists and the data on the hard disc of a shattered video camera will be evaluated by laboratory IT experts.

"The Paralimni police chief has assured me that his officers will follow a policy of zero tolerance against such criminals" reports CABS civil liaison officer David Conlin.

"I am confident that we have established a firm basis for cooperation with the Cyprus police at a local as well as a national level," he said.

Over the past 5 days members of CABS have discovered 961 limesticks and nine large mist nets in the east of Cyprus.

According to CABS, the scale of illegal trapping, which diminished dramatically before EU accession, appears to have reached new heights.

Source - The Famagusta Gazette Cypru