The information below and the links on the left provide comprehensive background on this grave problem. For those who consider
themselves fully informed go direct to the .....
PROACT CYPRUS CAMPAIGN
..... otherwise read on.
Despite the harmonisation of, inter alia, hunting and environmental legislation in preparation for entry into the European
Union, some 12.5 million birds were illegally trapped in the year 2000 - mainly for consumption as delicacies - and a further
7.5 million birds were shot. Almost all of these birds are protected species, some of them rare, and the illegal trapping
and shooting is at its worst during spring and autumn migration periods.
With legislation in place what is the
As in other Mediterranean countries the problem is a combination of lack of political will (corruption,
fear of losing hunters' votes, inefficiency and disinterest in a fringe problem); strong traditions based originally on diet
supplementation - the proverbial 'Manna from Heaven'; poor or deficient environmental education; and, inevitably, powerful
financial interests. The (black market and therefore tax-free) annual turnover is estimated to be between $US12 and 20 million.
The problem is well documented and, for those interested in further details, the 'More Info' page (link on the left)
provides a small but varied selection of information.
THE PROACT CAMPAIGN
Proact has been approached by local conservationists, principally the Cyprus Conservation Foundation (CCF), to assist in tackling
the problem. Our role is to:
a. Mobilise our birding and conservation contacts worldwide - and encourage them
to pass on the word.
b. Maximise publicity of the problem in the rest of Europe and the world.
Increase the external pressure on the Cyprus Government to initiate robust and effective implementation of current legislation.
d. Remind the Cyprus Government of the need to move rapidly towards introduction of, and ensure compliance
with, full European environmental legislation: The Bird Directive.
e. Put pressure on the British Government
to play its part by initiating, through its diplomatic and military representatives on Cyprus, cooperation with the Cyprus
authorities to stop massive flouting of the law within the British Sovereign Base Areas (SBAs).
of texts for letters of protest or support are available, with addresses or contact details, at .....
PROACT CYPRUS CAMPAIGN
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