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Poachers causing songbird 'disaster'

( China Daily ) Updated: 2017-06-19 07:07:31

NICOSIA, Cyprus - Volunteers and police in Cyprus are struggling to tackle illegal songbird trapping operations that kill millions of birds a year and net huge profits for poaching gangs.

Migrating birds, snared with nets or limesticks - glue-covered wooden perches - are served secretly at restaurants on the island as a traditional dish called ambelopoulia.

Volunteer Keziah Conroy of the Germany's Committee Against Bird Slaughter scours scrubland near the resort of Paralimni, using a mobile phone app to locate poaching hot spots.

Poachers causing songbird 'disaster'

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