Raptors, like this falcon rehabilitated at the IFAW raptor rescue center in Beijing, were seized from an international trafficking ring in France and Belgium.Un important trafic européen portant sur des milliers A criminal network trafficking thousands of endangered birds has been dismantled in France and Belgium.

Following a surveillance operation of several months by investigators of the National Office for the Prevention of Environmental Damage and Public Health, enforcement agents of the ONCFS (National Hunting and Wildlife Board) seized cages, snares, nets, falsified marking rings, and hundreds of birds.

These wild birds ranged from small species (European Goldfinch, Eurasian bullfinch, Bluethroat, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Hoopoe, Red-billed leiothrix) to large raptors (Eurasian sparrowhawk, Golden eagle).

Four individuals were indicted; they are facing each up to seven years of imprisonment and a 750,000 Euro fine.

After the terrible news of the rhino shot for its horn in a zoo near Paris, this is yet another hard blow for protected species conservation in the region. When will we finally get stronger national and European regulations for the protection of endangered species?

–AM

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