Illegal bird trading network rounded up

12th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

12 July 2007, ZWOLLE – Police have rounded up a network that was active in illegally capturing and trading in birds. Four men from Urk and Rijssen have been arrested.

12 July 2007

ZWOLLE – Police have rounded up a network that was active in illegally capturing and trading in birds. Four men from Urk and Rijssen have been arrested.

110 birds, eggs, incubators and trapping equipment have been confiscated, police report.

The suspects stole eggs from predatory and other types of birds in the northern and eastern Netherlands. After these had hatched, they were fitted with false identification tags and sold. The suspects also captured young birds. They had contacts with dealers in Germany, Belgium and other countries.

The confiscated birds, which include bearded tits, falcons, buzzards and owls, have been brought to a shelter. The illegal theft of eggs and capture of young birds took place in nature reserves Kampereiland in Overijssel and Dwingerlerveld in Drenthe.

The suspects were also active around the Vossemeer in Flevoland and in the vicinity of Amersfoort.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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