Up to 8 million birds poached in Italy each year
21 May 2015
Species targeted include endangered marble duck, birds of prey (foto: ANSA)
(ANSA) - Rome - Up to 8 million birds die in Italy each year as a result of illegal trapping and poaching, Italian watchdog organisation LIPU said Thursday.
These include endangered species such as the marbled duck and large birds of prey. In Italy the species most affected by poaching include the chaffinch with up to 3 million specimens killed, and the hawfinch with 1 million specimens killed.
In response to the problem, LIPU called for "new laws introducing poaching as a new environmental crime like pollution and other serious damage to the environment".