TN74 CABS’ Andrea Rutigliano on the illegal hunting of songbirds in Italy


A conversation with Andrea Rutigliano an Italian team leader working with the Bonn-based Committee against Bird Slaughter (CABS – or Komitee gegen den Vogelmord in German). The conversation was initiated by CABS’ David Conlin to highlight the shocking and disgraceful illegal hunting of (especially) Meadow Pipits, Chaffinches, Bramblings and Hawfinches at the Colle san Zino, a pass in the Alps used by millions of European birds on migration, vividly shown in a YouTube video embedded below. In our conversation Andrea talks about the problems of ‘derogations’ (exceptions to the law) passed by the Italian government, the pathetically lax method Italian hunters use to tally the day’s kill, and an email campaign CABS is running to send a protest to Italian Environment Minister Corrado Clini.

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Show Notes






Committee against Bird Slaughter (English) –

CABS volunteers during the anti-poaching camp in Brescia - Autumn 2001CABS volunteers during the anti-poaching camp in Brescia – Autumn 2001

The Committee Against Bird Slaughter – CABS (Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e.V.) is an action and operational society. By this we mean that we have a small administration and executive board, without subordinate elements, capable of rapid reaction whenever and wherever required. The route from concept to final decision and implementation is often very short so that when wildlife is acutely endangered we can act rapidly. We have achieved a great deal since our foundation in 1975 through the implementation of this concept.

We intervene in particular where bird trappers, hunters or animal traders commit offences against current nature protection legislation in Europe. We are always concerned to harmonise closely our activities with the responsible police, forest or customs authorities. In addition, through initiatives at parliamentary level, we attempt to achieve improvements in the legal guidelines for wildlife, nature and species protection. We distant ourselves fundamentally from militant actions or measures that do not comply with the prevailing legislation in the country of operations.


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Passionate about animal welfare and conservation, veggie and dairy-free, I live in the Wiltshire (UK) countryside. I co-founded Birders Against Wildlife Crime and Birds Korea. Trustee of the League against Cruel Sports On Twitter @charliemoores


  1. Joe Cockram says:

    Another great interview Charlie, well done for using your podcasts to increase public awareness of these shocking issues. However depressing and upsetting videos and stories like this may be, it is reassuring to hear the passion and dedication of Andrea and other conservationists you have had on here previously. Hopefully everyone who listens will be inspired by them to do their little bit for nature too. Keep up the good work!!

  2. charlie moores says:

    Thanks Joe. I appreciate that.
    It is good to hear from people like Andrea – I sometimes think that it’s hard to keep trying and keep fighting, but when you realise what the activists on the frontline are facing it seems a little shameful to give in doesn’t it…

  3. Regine Schöniger says:

    zum Thema Vogelmord, bin ich dagegen ,denn die geschützten Tiere und auch andere Tiere müssen leiden , dass ist Tierquälerei und Tierquälerei ist strafbar!
    Ich liebe die Natur und zur Natur ghören auch die Tiere !
    Ich währe den Menschen sehr dankbar , wenn diese die Natur und Tiere
    respektieren würden!
    Bitte lasst die Tiere leben!

    Regine Schöniger

  4. Vielen Dank für Ihren Kommentar Regine

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