155 bird-calling devices confiscated in Sha
October 2017, 27
Environment authority has banned the use of such devices for hunting birds A special task force set up by the Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority confiscated 155 birdcall-imitating devices this month, in an effort to combat poaching of endangered species, a spokesperson said yesterday. Ham Saif Al Suwaidi, chairperson of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority, said 252 birdcall-imitating devices were confiscated in the first quarter of the year. These devices are used illegally to attract birds who are then killed. "The authority is committed to preserving and protecting the environment in line with the directives of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. This includes preserving the rich biodiversity found in our national parks and surrounding areas. With this aim, specialised task forces patrol the area looking for poachers and other illegal activity," said Al Suwaidi. Birdcall devices imitate the sounds of birds to entice them to come together in large numbers where hunters have placed traps or where they will be targeted by pump-action rifles. The EPAA has banned the use of such devices used for hunting birds to protect wildlife from poaching and to preserve the natural biodiversity of the area. The curlew, an endangered species, has been targeted by poachers with a device that makes a sound to attract them from long distances and make them easy prey. "The use of such devices adversely affects wildlife and destroys our natural wealth," added Al Suwaidi. Image(s) text: Courtesy EPAA Some of the 155 birdcall-imitating devices seized this month.