WHAT YOU CAN DO
Cut and paste the text below and send an URGENT email to the Chief Executive of Freiburg City Council by clicking on the link
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The Chief Executive Freiburg City Council
Dear Mr. Würtenberger,
I was shocked to learn that your authority plans to destroy
the only Cormorant colony on the German shores of Lake Constance. It appears that, on an icy April night, you plan to
use searchlights to drive the brooding birds from their nests with the consequence that the chicks, or the embryos in the
eggs, freeze to death. In addition, it will be permitted to shoot these imposing birds from the 1st of August onwards, a
time at which many of the birds are still involved with the rearing of their young.
I wish to register my protest against these disgraceful plans.
The Lake Constance region is rightly considered by residents, tourists and nature lovers, in Germany and elsewhere, to
be a natural paradise. This is because it is a region where nature can unfold undisturbed to its full extent and it therefore
attracts visitors because its natural diversity - above all its bird life - can be vividly experienced.
The planned persecution of the Cormorants will ruin the reputation of the Lake Constance region as a holiday destination
for nature lovers. Not only the Cormorants, but many other bird species such as the Red-crested Pochard, Marsh Harrier and
the Black Kite, will suffer as a consequence of such actions. Your planned searchlight attack will affect them adversely as
It is hard to believe that your authority actually plans to commit such as destructive act, not only in a national nature
reserve but in a European Special Protected Area (SPA). This is contrary not only to common sense, but also contravenes European
bird protection legislation. The interests of a minority - hobby anglers and a few local commercial fishermen - must not be
allowed to override the rights of residents, nature lovers and the natural world itself.
I therefore demand respectfully that you cancel your plans to persecute the Cormorants in the Radolfzeller Aachried, the
only colony on the German shores of Lake Constance.
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