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Migrating Songbirds Slaughtered for Snacks on Cyprus

An international bird conservation group reports that more than 2 million migratory birds were illegally trapped and killed in Cyprus during the past year to be served up as local delicacies.

Birdlife Cyprus says the birds were indiscriminately killed in nets or on sticks dipped in sticky lime.

Songbirds are a popular dish on the Mediterranean island, which lies on a key migratory route.

Diners often pay up to $7 per fried or grilled bird at restaurants that ignore Cyprus’ ban on the killing and selling of wild birds.

Birdlife accuses authorities of doing little to halt the island’s illicit bird trade.

A European robin caught on a limestick trap in Cyprus.

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