BirdLife’s latest study The Killing 2.0 – A View to a Kill uncovers that this is a continent-wide problem, and the slaughter is unacceptable. And raptors – a majestic group of birds including eagles, buzzards, falcons and owls – are being hit particularly hard, with 51 of the continent’s 52 species being affected by illegal killing.
Years of evolution have sculpted these birds into sleek, dynamic hunters – yet they are no match for the cruel tactics of those who persecute these iconic birds. They are shot or poisoned in the name of ‘pest control’ – but often it is just for the sheer sport of it.
In one year:
* Roughly 68,000 birds of prey are slaughtered
* Over 10,000 Eurasian Buzzards are stolen from our skies
* As much as 20% of the EU population of Pallid Harrier is being wiped out
It’s too late for the tens of thousands of raptors that were stolen from our skies during last month’s migration. But if we act now, we can help protect these awe-inspiring birds on their future travels.
A global Partnership of national nature conservation organisations, BirdLife International is uniquely placed to tackle this scourge. Our world-leading science and advocacy points the way for local action, and we’re seeing success persecuting poachers and ensuring that these magnificent predators are no longer the prey.
But to scale up our work across the continent, we need your help.
Solving the issue won’t be easy. The methods, underlying reasons, and attitudes towards the illegal killing of birds is different from country to country. But this challenge is one the BirdLife Partnership is uniquely positioned to handle. The insight provided by our world-class science team provides our national Partners across Europe with the data, trends, and pressure points they need to efficiently combat this scourge, identifying the black spots and the species where action is most urgently required. BirdLife can unite Partners with our advocacy work, to put pressure on relevant authorities at national and international level to uphold the law.
This crucial foundation can then be followed with work on the ground, undertaken by the BirdLife Partnership, including: