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Stonechat stuck on lime stick, Cyprus Photo: © Guy Shorrock (RSPB images)
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Restore UK has offered annual support for the RSPB's campaign against the illegal trapping and hunting of birds in Europe since 2001. This has involved support for political advocacy work at a national and European level through the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats. In particular, it has helped the RSPB to support its partner organisations in Cyprus to take action in partnership with the local authorities to monitor and crack down on the activities of illegal trappers. This work has resulted in over 500 prosecutions, a ten-fold increase in fines and a six-fold increase in the length of prison sentences. The campaign has involved education projects and high-profile media activity in Cyprus, the UK and more widely, encouraging supporters to voice their protests to the relevant authorities. The success of this is shown in results from a 2005 opinion poll showing 88% of Cypriots believing that the trapping of birds for commercial purposes is unacceptable. As a result of this campaign, this illegal, inhumane trapping activity has been reduced by an astonishing 80%+ with more than 20 million birds saved from the trappers during Phase 1 2003-2006. Phase 2 2006-2009 aims to achieve at least a 90% reduction in illegal bird trapping in the six years of the project.http://www.restoreuk.org/projectsww.php?prj=23
We do not have the moral right to destroy this wonder of the natural world. We are at the very last tick of the clock. We have to take this opportunity and if we do not do something to protect these forests we have betrayed the generations that come after us.
Sir David Attenborough
Speech on Rainforests to Business Leaders, Mansion House, London, 2008