25 Million Birds Are Illegally Killed in the Mediterranean Every Year
A European turtledove, whose numbers are plummeting across the Mediterranean. (Photo: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)
Researchers find that the animals are being shot and trapped for food and the pet trade, with the majority of the deaths occurring at just 20 sites.
A new study finds that an estimated 25 million migrating birds are killed as they fly over Mediterranean countries each year. The deaths—by gun, net, or glue-covered traps—include several threatened species. Most of the birds end up being eaten as delicacies. Some are shot for sport, while others are captured alive and sold in the caged-bird trade.
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