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Second Language releases Music and Migration II in support of BirdLife Malta’s campaign against illegal bird killing
In November 2011, the music label Second Language released its second compilation album in the series ‘Music and Migration’ with exclusive songs by a group of international artists to raise awareness for the illegal hunting practices threatening migratory birds over the Maltese archipelago, located on one of the three main routes used by Europe’s breeding birds in their migrations to and from their African wintering grounds.
« The Maltese islands are particularly important as way stations in the middle of the Mediterranean and the spring and autumnal migrations offer spectacular sights ; yet, rather than a haven for birds, Malta is a killing ground, with one of the highest densities of hunters and trappers in Europe, and probably in the world. », said Martin Holm, co-founder of Second Language.
BirdLife International and its partner BirdLife Malta have been campaigning against illegalities for close to 50 years now. There are signs of change : the courts have started issuing more serious sentences and members of the public are becoming increasingly outspoken, and even active, against the illegal killing.
However, continuous international support is key to ensuring that the Malta chapter is just one of a volume, and not the final chapter in the lives of many birds, which is why Music and Migration II, showcasing exclusive tracks from international artists, reaches out to the wider community to help BirdLife put an end to these illegalities and recognise the true value of what it means to be ‘free as a bird’.
Dr. Marco Lambertini, Chief Executive of BirdLife International concludes : « BirdLife International is working hard to protect migratory birds and I appreciate very much the support Second Language shows by raising awareness through the Music & Migration series. By engaging with an audience through music, it is my hope that even more people will become aware and help BirdLife International in our continous work for migratory birds and an overall healthy environment for wildlife and people. »
Title : Music and Migration II
Artists : Various
Label : Second Language
For more information on Music and Migration and to order your personal copy, please visit : http://www.secondlanguagemusic.com/news.html
For more info on BirdLife Malta please visit: www.birdlifemalta.org
MUSIC & MIGRATION II :
1. Rowan and John Aitchison: Passing Through
2. Dollboy: Birds in My Mouth
3. Ellis Island Sound: Snowdon Aviary
4. The Hardy Tree: The Cutty Wren
5. Haruko: We'll Be Birds
6. James Brewster: Dissent En Route
7. Piano Magic: The Way of the Birds
8. The Home Current: Theme from Mizieb
9. Marissa Nadler: Dead Birds in Arkansaw
10. Sophie Hutchings: Between Two Hills
11. July Skies: Birds Fly South for the Winter (II)
12. Chronomad: Bolbol
13. Padang Food Tigers: Honey Stole the Crown
14. F.S. Blumm: Wandervogel
EU Commission asked Maltese authorities to stop illegal bird hunting:
"... In September 2009 the European Court of Justice ruled that spring hunting of quail and turtle doves in Malta was in breach of the EU Birds Directive, which only permits the practice under strict conditions that aim to conserve bird species.
The ruling came in response to a case by the European Commission against the country for failing to properly protect birds - a move that suspended spring hunting in 2008 and 2009 while the decision was under consideration.
But the country has since ignored the ban, a move that resulted in renewed legal action by the European Commission that remains unresolved."
- Target: Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus
- Sponsored by: Animal Advocates
Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus
Parts of Europe are now "death traps" for migrating songbirds, according to the Committee Against Bird Slaughter, which reports that millions of birds are illegally poached each year -- literally.
The birds are often either pickled or poached for a Cypriot "delicacy" called ambelopoulia.
The illegal traps catch anything that lands on them, or flies into them, so many endangered species, such as certain owls, also become bycatch victims.
Some are trapped using glue sticks made from the berries of a local tree. The glue sticks are placed on the branches of trees, and any birds that perch on them are stuck until the trapper returns to kill them (usually with a tooth pick to the throat). Often the legs of the birds are so stuck to the glue sticks that they need to be pulled off.
On the island of Cypress, all forms of songbird trapping have been criminal offenses since 1974. By the mid-nineties, as many as ten million songbirds a year were being killed in Cyprus. Stop killing songbirds for recipe.
Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus
2211 R. St. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Telephone: (202) 462-5772
Telephone: (202) 462-0873
Fax: (202) 483-6710
Telephone: (202) 462-0632
Fax: (202) 462-5091
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This post was modified from its original form on 16 Nov, 14:36
Signed the petition..Thanks Nyack
Thank you Dominic
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