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Could you eat a Robin? – The work of LIPU – BirdLife in Italy (1 Viewer)

dragnil

The glass is half full, but the bottle is empty.
For many years LIPU has mounted patrols in the hills of norther Italy, between Brescia and the lakes
to confiscate traps which have been illegally Robin in trap.jpg set in the autumn for decades. The perpetrators excuse this breach of Italian and European law by saying that it is in the hunting season but trapping using mist nets or the archetti spring traps is illegal at any time of the year.

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The barbaric practice is driven not by machismo but by greed and money because, in the north, it is possible to “dine” on polenta e osei (polenta and wild birds) in local restaurants. It isn’t likely that you or I would see this on the menu, it is offered mainly to clients who can be trusted to keep their mouths shut after eating the dish.

Polenta e osei


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The LIPU volunteers collect the nets and traps and these pictures give
an idea of the scale of theproblem. I took the picture of Paolo coming
back to Archetti.jpg camp some years ago and you would like to think that the practice is dying out, but this week a LIPU and Carabinieri raid to the north of Brescia resulted in this report:

About a hundred passerines, including Pied Flycatchers, Robins and thrushes, were seized recently by the Carabinieri forest police, in collaboration with the ornithologists of LIPU. The operation took place in Serle, in the province of Brescia, during the Operation Pettirosso (Operation Robin), aimed at combating trapping and poaching. During the checks, frozen birds were found hidden in the freezer, ready to be cooked in two of the eleven restaurants checked.


So the work goes on and it will continue, with the support and funding on LIPU-UK, until this disgusting practice is a distant memory.

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For many years LIPU has mounted patrols in the hills of norther Italy, between Brescia and the lakes
to confiscate traps which have been illegally View attachment 1410539 set in the autumn for decades. The perpetrators excuse this breach of Italian and European law by saying that it is in the hunting season but trapping using mist nets or the archetti spring traps is illegal at any time of the year.

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The barbaric practice is driven not by machismo but by greed and money because, in the north, it is possible to “dine” on polenta e osei (polenta and wild birds) in local restaurants. It isn’t likely that you or I would see this on the menu, it is offered mainly to clients who can be trusted to keep their mouths shut after eating the dish.

Polenta e osei


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The LIPU volunteers collect the nets and traps and these pictures give
an idea of the scale of theproblem. I took the picture of Paolo coming
back to View attachment 1410537 camp some years ago and you would like to think that the practice is dying out, but this week a LIPU and Carabinieri raid to the north of Brescia resulted in this report:

About a hundred passerines, including Pied Flycatchers, Robins and thrushes, were seized recently by the Carabinieri forest police, in collaboration with the ornithologists of LIPU. The operation took place in Serle, in the province of Brescia, during the Operation Pettirosso (Operation Robin), aimed at combating trapping and poaching. During the checks, frozen birds were found hidden in the freezer, ready to be cooked in two of the eleven restaurants checked.


So the work goes on and it will continue, with the support and funding on LIPU-UK, until this disgusting practice is a distant memory.

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Thanks for the hard work that LIPU has been doing for many years in Italy. Hopefully the situation will improve over the years as new generations become more aware of these issues - perhaps some kind of educational program in primary/secondary school would have positive long-term effects on people's behaviors!

Christian (an italian in Hong Kong)
 

dragnil

The glass is half full, but the bottle is empty.
Thanks for the hard work that LIPU has been doing for many years in Italy. Hopefully the situation will improve over the years as new generations become more aware of these issues - perhaps some kind of educational program in primary/secondary school would have positive long-term effects on people's behaviors!

Christian (an italian in Hong Kong)
Thanks for your thoughts, Christian, LIPU does indeed spend a lot of time and effort in the schools. As you say, it's very much a generational thing, young people are much more aware of nature - but it's very hard to change the habits of the old men (and I speak as one!).
 

Maroon Jay

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Canada
Not only in Italy. This goes on all around the Mediterranean, especially in Italy, Malta, Cyprus and Lebanon. Also in China. The Yellow-breasted bunting is a cute little bird that is Critically Endangered. It is Critically Endangered because the Chinese are eating them into extinction.
 

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jurek

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Congratulations, keep up the good work!

I wonder if it makes sense to use social media or whatever to make this practice unfashionable or frowned upon. My understanding is that people don't need to eat birds, it is just a fashion of sorts.
 

rosbifs

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France
Small successes but successes none the less - I know you, and the other David, work towards helping LIPU in more ways than providing financial support but also, as Jurek points out, through social media and raising awareness.

What people fail to understand is the difficulty in these rural areas in educating or even raising awareness against these practices locally. The bear is bad we don't want it, birds are for eating, we've done it for a thousand years, pigeons will never die out, I even heard, thankfully not directly, 'I knew as I was pulling the trigger that it was the last male (capercaillie) in the wood'!!!!!

Our village has 1,700 people but when they put on a hunting 'fete' more than 3,000 people went through the doors in a day. A bird photography exhibition drew about 100 over a week - 15 for a film about the Wallcreeper of which 10 came from outside! Here lies the problem - it's very easy trying to change things from Brussels or Paris or London but these dictates will never be accepted where the birds or animals are dying...

Anyway, keep up the good work.
 

jurek

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What I meant is not really raising awareness about conservation, because hunters who illegally shot birds don't care about this type of arguments by definition.

But many people, including hunters, are suspectible to fashions, and what is needed is to reach within the community of hunters and make them believe that hunting birds is not fashionable. It is much like campaigns of any product, say promoting a certain brand or design of hunting clothing. Using mentions on social media, influencers etc. I don't know much about it, but birders on Birdforum have so diverse real jobs, that somebody probably can describe it very well.
 
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dragnil

The glass is half full, but the bottle is empty.
This is just my opinion, but since the "old" Corpo Forestali" was taken over by the Carabinieri it seems to be much more active and aggressive in its pursuit of law breakers - long may that continue!
There is excellent co-operation with LIPU and, no doubt, other NGOs in the field and I'm sure the word is spreading.
Rosbif's comments are sound and worrying, from a part of the world I love, but we just have to keep as much pressure on these people as we can, and I know he does just that.
 
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