Cyprus’s Songbird Massacre: The Politics of Food

[MUSIC]>>This is about
the slaughter of Europe’s birds passing
through Cyprus. If you go out into
the killing fields, yes, you’ll find older
people doing it but, you’ll also find younger
people doing it. Same with drugs, while there’s money
to be made out of it, people are going
to get into. [MUSIC] There’s a war going
on here in Cyprus, a war between the old and
the new. Between Europeans and
Cypriots. Between wild life
activists and professional poachers. They’re both fighting for the same thing,
the songbirds. While one side is
trying to eat them, the other side is
trying to save them. [MUSIC]>>This is about
a clash of cultures. When Cyprus joined
the EU, local law tightened around the
trapping of songbirds. But many saw this as an
attack on the heritage of a small nation that’s
forever been fighting for it’s sovereignty. Far from the crime
disappearing, instead it moved on to British
occupied territory. And what was once a local tradition
quickly developed into an underground industry
worth millions of Euros.>>I think to
describe it as a war, it’s fair enough. And if I’m honest,
the bowman sadly, is a war that
we’re losing. [SOUND] [MUSIC]>>On the side of
those trying to interrupt poaching
are a set of international
environmental activists who come to Cyprus
each migration period.>>It’s just a little
bit further and then we can walk.>>Andrea Rutigliano
leads the coalition against
bird slaughter, a group who use direct action
to achieve their aim. [MUSIC] At 6 in the morning,
we meet up. And he takes me to a well
known trapping area to witness first hand the
slaughter of songbirds. [MUSIC] So I’m trying to
hear a decoy. Now that’s it’s daylight, you can hear loads
of birds sounds. He’s got an amazing ear. Can hear the difference
between what’s decoy and what’s a real bird. [MUSIC] Among all of the sounds, you heard that from
about 250 meters away?>>Yeah, so yeah. [SOUND] It’s a lot
of training, but it’s like your
brain reacts like. [SOUND] Just eight
in the evening.>>So what we’re hearing
now is completely false. [SOUND].>>Yeah, I wouldn’t->>Is there’s
a bird in there? There’s a bird there.>>[BLEEP] Yeah. [SOUND].>>It’s a decoy? [SOUND] I mean, this
is the first bird that we’ve seen, which has
been trapped, like this. [SOUND] It’s, I mean, it’s absolutely shocking
to see this bird. [MUSIC] So he’s lost a few
feathers, he’s still got, has he still
got his legs? He’s still okay and
[INAUDIBLE].>>This is about capture. This is->>Yeah.>>Exactly what->>The target species.>>This is the target
species from ambelopoulia. This is what people in
Cyprus want to eat. He is beautiful.>>Yeah. [MUSIC]>>The poacher’s
clearly gone in here. Found a bird
on limestick. Slit his throat basically
and that’s the blood from where the bird’s
basically been killed. The poacher’s
around here. We just saw them,
just on the briar on the hill over there sort
of just wandering off. According to Andrea, the poacher won’t be
confrontational on this situation, because
this is public land. So he’d never
be able to say, this is my tree that
you’re interrupting. [MUSIC]>>And here you see. The technique is they use
a great area for birds. Then they found
a Junipers bush, which is the best and they trim it
in a way, so they can put limesticks in the most
possible horizontal way. And these are good
to catch birds.>>That’s an obvious
stick for that bird to go and
perch on. And this, this method, this is completely
illegal, is that right?>>This is
completely illegal. This is particular
species not Lesser Whitethroat
is also endangered. Keep going off
on both side. All right. [SOUND] The lesser
Whitethroat is fine. Perfect. The more they try to
release themselves, the more they get
stuck to the lime. [MUSIC] Okay.>>Let’s free him.>>Good flight. [SOUND].>>Altogether,
we found five birds in this bush not all of
them were the black caps, the target species. Others were more
endangered, such as
the Lesser Whitethroat. [MUSIC] I mean, these are all
out of just one tree. There’s about 20 lime
sticks here and it’s so sticky this stuff. [SOUND] I mean, I can’t
even pull it apart. [MUSIC] Have you recorded
this one before?>>I had 2A2
farther this way. So this actually new
plan, new point.>>So this is a new one?>>Yeah.
>>So what you gonna do now?>>Yeah, well when I’m
back home in the, in the laptop I will pinpoint
this trapping site.>>This is what
Andrea today.>>Yeah, but
only one day 60 days the poacher
>>Mm-hm. The economic situation
is quite bad and lots of people are unemployed and
unemployment’s rising. And it seems that
people have turned to poaching as a way
of making money.>>It’s like, you know,
it’s like when you, when you like doing
something and you as long as the risks
are not high enough, you just keep on doing. It’s a, a meal you’re used to,
you’re imprinted. You have eaten, been eating this since
you were a child. So from why, human point of view, I
can even understand them. The, the point is if
every human being behaves like that, just keeping
doing what they do without considering
the whole picture, we’ll destroy the planet
in five to ten years. [MUSIC]>>A major barrier for
anyone attempting to eliminate the trapping of
songbirds is that it’s not simply an underground
business enterprise, but also a cultural
tradition. I heard a town where
ambelopoulia is in high demand is Paralimni,
so I headed there to meet
some locals who’ve been trapping birds
all their lives. [MUSIC] We kill our goats and
eat them, our lambs, our chicken, our rabbit,
we kill all of those. And they have a problem
with Ambelopoulia, which is a good mezze and also provided a good
income, way back then. We had people here in
Paralimni that would send their children to study, they would build their
houses at the time, it cost six selinia,
30 pence a dozen. Today, they say that
they sell it for 40 and they can’t sell it, because it’s
not marketable. But so,
what if they can sell it? People today are hungry. People are in
misfortune.If they sell it and
get 5,10 or 50 pound,
who’s that hurting?>>They should try and
sort this out, before it’s too late.>>The Cyprus is among
the poorest countries in Europe and many here
believe the country got a raw deal from Brussels
when it’s economy needed recovering after
the financial crash. Instead of being
offered a bail out as it’s Mediterranean
neighbors were, a bail in was designed,
but the experiment has done little to stabilize
the country’s economy. [SOUND] For some locals, trapping birds on top of
being the tradition has always provided an extra
source of income. [SOUND] So
even though in Cyprus, it seems that
ambelopoulia eating and poaching is
extremely common. It’s been incredibly
hard to find somebody to actually show us how
to do it, basically. Anyway, we have done and we’re on our way to
meeting someone who’s gonna show us
the traditional method of catching birds
using limesticks. [MUSIC] We’ve come to farm where
we can’t reveal it, but these are clearly men
of the land here. They have been making
these sticks for probably as long as
they can remember, but this is a farm basically. [SOUND] And so just
like any other bird or anything else that
you harvest, I think that’s their attitude
towards limesticking. They’ve got a,
they’ve got the micshawberries
from the tree here. Translates as snot, it’s
basically just sticky insides of a berry. [NOISE] Which they’ve
then mixed with some preservatives and
some honey. [MUSIC] And basically, it looks
like he’s sort of beating a batter
together, basically. [NOISE] [INAUDIBLE]. [MUSIC]
It looks like he’s making bread or
something. [MUSIC] It’s incredible watching
them do this process of covering this stick. It took about one second
to do that entire stick, but it’s a two-man
job it seems. So one person holds it
and the other person just stretches it out
over the stick. They then put it on
the glass, which is hot, which makes the glue set. This is the micshawberry, which basically the basis
of the limestick. Squeeze out
the middle and it’s perfectly edible. In fact, people believe
here that it’s good for indigestion. [LAUGH]. [LAUGH].>>[FOREIGN].>>I feel like I have
a mouth full of phlegm. That is what it’s like, it’s a mouthful
of phlegm. [CROSSTALK] [LAUGH]
I don’t, I don’t know
what’s going on, I think I’ve
been tricked.>>[FOREIGN].>>And
I’ve stuck my tongue to the roof of my mouth. But basically look at it,
that’s what comes out. It does look like you’ve
gobbed in your own mouth, basically. What is that
the groves are here, the micshawberry
grow on the trees. And then use those
berries to then make this glue and it’s basically
just someone’s backyard. You can imagine this is
happening in every single plot, basically around
the entire country side. [MUSIC] But there’s also
an organized site of this crime. [SOUND] And the
commercial supply of this delicacy, now happens on
parts of the island where local police have
no jurisdiction. [SOUND]. [MUSIC] Cyprus once
a British colony, achieved independence
in 1960. However, in
the agreement, Britain retained two
large areas of the island for strategic use
by the military.>>Were just bird lovers
at the beginning, wanted to->>Andrea believes
industrial slaughter of songbirds is
happening solely on British sovereign
territory. He and his cabs
colleagues venture onto the bases each
night to look for evidence of poaching. [MUSIC] I’m putting on
a bullet proof vest, cuz apparently Andrea
has been shot at from quite a few times when
he’s gone out and done these sort of missions in
the middle of the night. So for safety, I’m not
trying to be macho. I’m just putting on
a bullet proof vest in case we get shot
at tonight. Andrea, what are we
doing tonight.>>Okay.
We’re, we’re going to listen for decoys to see the scale
of the phenomenon and if possible, we will
try to approach mat or a mismatching site.>>So you like to sort of almost informants for
the or->>Yeah.
So you providing intelligence
to police.>>Right.
Scoulting war, what do you call it.>>Scoulting war. I mean, shouldn’t
that be trouble for the police, though?>>Well,
we optimized their time. They don’t have
they don’t take so much man power. From the satellite,
you can see the size, the magnitude
of [INAUDIBLE].>>It’s enormous.>>It’s enormous,
it’s amazing. It’s->>And each year,
each migration period in this area, how many
birds get trapped?>>We can, we can
talk about, I think, 1 million at least
only in this area.>>One million.
And is this British
sovereign area?>>Yeah, this is
British sovereign area.>>This is happening on
British soil, basically.>>Yeah, yeah.
That’s why, the main point here is that
Britain is responsible for the biggest chopping
site in the whole world.>>So this is, this
has got nothing to do with tradition.>>No, no, no.
This is a huge business. We’re talking about 15
million Euros involving gangs, people with gangs. These are people who are,
who are not, who are ready to,
to shoot and kill if someone disturbs
their business. [SOUND].>>Hence,
why I’ve got this on.>>That’s why you
have this on. But I’ve been shot at
a couple of times in this area in the night. These people have full control over
this efficiently. This is about legality. This is about laws,
the, the, the rule of laws inside. [NOISE] And
it’s amazing that Britain tolerates
something like this year. [MUSIC]>>The activist’s
intelligence led us deeper into
British territory. As a seasoned scout,
Andrea wasn’t phased as we drove alongside
the military satellites. Although, I was finding
it hard to believe, we were even able
to get so close.>>Don’t slam the door.>>Everything we can hear
now, that’s all decoys.>>Yes. These are Blackcaps that
don’t see in the night. They don’t see It’s only
done to get the birds down from the sky.>>And so
you reckon down here, there might be some nets.>>Yeah, there will
be probably nets.>>Right. [MUSIC] We followed our arrays, which led us across
a dust bowl and into an orchard. Despite Andrea’s
experienced, it didn’t make me feel
any safer about going on to someone’s
private land. [SOUND] [MUSIC] [SOUND] [MUSIC] [SOUND] Nothing that we’re hearing now is real birds. This is all decoys. This is a fake noise,
basically. It’s being pumped out
of a loud speaker. It’s been recorded and
the sole purpose is to attract birds to
where this net is. It’s very sinister. [SOUND] [MUSIC] So we’ve just come out
of an orchard there, which is basically
a stone’s throw from what’s behind us. Andrea and the camp’s lot has taken
down four industrial size nets that clearly
were just going up. They’ve released two
birds that were in there. But basically, they got
them just before dawn when those nets will
be full basically. And that’s where all
the birds are going here. I wondered how
the poachers were operating with
such impunity. Was this local crime
too trivial for the military base police? When the purpose of their
presence there is purely for matters of British
national security. [NOISE] [MUSIC] We’re on our way to meet
a divisional commands of the Sovereign Bay police. We’re going to talk
to him about they go about policing what is
essentially a culture and how they police
a culture that’s not there, basically. So explain to me the role
of the SBA police in this, in Cyprus?>>The SBA police, police
in areas is in the same way that the several
police back in the UK, cover their
particular areas. We have responsibility
for all both inside the galaxy station and
then the local community. So we are in effect
several police for the area.>>It’s been illegal
since the 1970s?>>Yes.>>Why does the culture
of eating ambelopoulia and I suppose, the crime
of poaching them still take place on
quite a prolific scale.>>I think traditionally, it was acceptable
[INAUDIBLE] to take a few birds for
the family table. Things have changed
enormously. Trappers can make between
30, 40, 50,000 Euros. Tax fee, criminally and
a season, trapping these birds and passing them
onto restaurants to sell and
retail through Cyprus.>>I mean, how hard is
it to police a culture?>>Very, very difficult. I mean, you don’t think
you can police a culture, particularly when
you are in many senses a guest
within the country. You know, I ,I,
I don’t think it’s for the police to
impose the culture. We do what we can
educationally.>>Would you say that in
order to be able to keep community relationships
strong, as guests here just to use your words in
this country, you need to respect the fact that
this is a cultural crime.>>I don’t think
that at all. I think where you’ll find
is that although this is accepted culturally
by some sections of the community. A recent, a recent poll
showed that about 70% of the [INAUDIBLE] were
against the practice of trapping.>>Having already
found evidence for myself that trapping
goes on British soil. The officer’s
acknowledgement that he’s a guest on
the island, left me feeling that his ability
to take action was somewhat compromised by
his post colonial status. I went to talk to
BirdLife Cyprus, a local organization
to get their view on the matter. Can you tell my why
trapping birds seems to be allowed to take
place on [INAUDIBLE].>>Yeah.
It does seem to be allowed, doesn’t it? Part of the answer may be
is that there’s always been the policy with the
British sovereign bases of turning a blind eye to
things that might annoy the ro, local residents
who are in the basis.>>The argument is
that this is part of Cyprus culture?>>Hm.>>And people in Cyprus
are continuing this for 500 years.>>All true. But it, it’s true, it’s
a traditional practice. It’s a traditional
practice gone crazy in terms of the scale of it. You can’t compare
what was happening 50 years ago in Cyprus with
a few people putting up some limesticks. And this is the image
that people still have in their minds when
their reading them. They have the image of a little old man setting
some limesticks. What’s the harm in that? That’s not the reality
on the ground. The reality is
completely different. The other point is
that 50,000 years ago, these birds were
far more abundant. They just weren’t
facing all the other pressures that
they are facing today. [MUSIC]>>So
we’re now on our way to meet a professional
poacher. This is entire living
basically out of catching songbirds. He’s told us he does it
both ways, he does it the traditional
limestick way. But because he makes
his living out of it, he also does it in
the industrial way. He’s gonna remain
anonymous, because if he’s caught
this activity could land him with a prison
sentence. But he has also said that
he is willing to show us how and hopefully, why
he chooses to do this. [MUSIC] [NOISE] And in
proceedings got a true, he knows over the years. Here’s a good one. [MUSIC] So this looks like, it’s basically
perfectly designed. He’s got two poles
at either end and this net in the bag
would stretches just perfectly to,
to either side. [NOISE] I can’t imagine
how’d you start to even police this,
because we are in the absolute
middle of nowhere. We’ve driven for miles. They are only, it,
the land is so flat. So anyone that
was coming, you’d be able to see
them from a mile off. And all it is, is two
sticks and this and that and these go in bag. [SOUND] And then he’s flushing
birds out, basically. [NOISE] [MUSIC] It seems like a slightly
sort of easy way of hunting and [INAUDIBLE]
picture the hunter goes out and there’s a skill
to it [INAUDIBLE]. Throw a few rocks
in the bush and just call it his life,
basically. [MUSIC] [SOUND] And orchard needs
water, land fertilizer, spraying fertilizers and I do the upkeep to
maintain the greenery. Ambelopoulia is
a hobby of mine. I sell a few of them and
I eat the rest. Because of unemployment, many people make a living
through Ambelopoulua.>>Are you afraid
of the police? I’m not afraid of anyone. If you’re unemployed, you’re not afraid
to anyone. We can’t pay for
anything anymore.>>[MUSIC] Having met enough locals
to appreciate that trapping birds is a large
part of Cypriot culture, the only thing
left to do was to try ambelopoulia for
myself. It’s not like it’s
listed on menus, but someone we’ve met was
proud to lead us to a favorite restaurant
where the dish is supposedly cooked
to perfection.>>You can make
very good soup.>>So, that’s the soup?>>Salt and lemon.>>All I can see is
little sort of heads and eyeballs.>>Yeah, yeah. [MUSIC]>>So, is that
putting salt on it?>>Natural sea salt.>>Sea salt. [MUSIC] Thank you very much.>>You are welcome. [CROSSTALK] [MUSIC] The best [INAUDIBLE]
in Cyprus, finally. [MUSIC] [NOISE] You can have it with pomegranate,
as well. [MUSIC] Yoghurt. So this is basically,
the most traditional and according to locals here, the best citric mezze
that money can buy. [COUGH]. [MUSIC] Altogether. [MUSIC] The most traditional
dish in Cyprus, that’s all I can say. Ambelopoulia is
an acquired taste and my obvious struggle to swallow had
offended our hosts. It was hard to detach the
crunch of tiny bones and bitter flavor of guts
from the image of this fragile bird stuck
upside down in a bush. [NOISE] We’re
in the middle of a village in Cyprus. Now we’re away from
right in the heart of the country. Where tonight, they’re parading the
bones of an old saint. Tradition and culture is
clearly at the heart of Cypriot life here. [FOREIGN] also says. [SOUND].>>Cyprus has had
a wretched history and has spent the last
50 years trying to gain independence and
preserve it’s identity. For those who feel that
the latest threat has come from the EU
membership, trapping and eating songbirds has
become an emblem of nationalism and
a food of defiance. But the stakes have
been raised for anyone trying to save
gut this national dish. Their efforts
have been met by increased enforcement of
greater organization. Although, some hope
condemnation will spread across Europe and
pose a threat to the tourism
industry in Cyprus. Locals who are passionate
about preserving their heritage are just as
prepared to dig in for the long fight. [MUSIC] [NOISE]

100 thoughts on “Cyprus’s Songbird Massacre: The Politics of Food

  1. Poachers are honestly so retarded lol… why not catch like 12 and mate them ……? Farm them your selves it would save you a lot of work lol…

  2. British soldiers sabotage traps, water pipes and speaker decoys during the hunting season. It's prolific in Hipiskopi.

  3. Hmmm why not take other non extinct bird breed and sell them as that species. If you flood the market without anyone knowing then the price will drop and selling it would be like nothing.

  4. Well it is are fault the human that destroyed to earth and if we do find a new planet to settle on we will destroy that one too and this will happen over and over again will the humans go extant and nobody wants that to happen but people still do lots of things to destroy earth even when they know they are doing it.

  5. You can find sparrows on the menu in varous parts of Asia. The first time I saw it was a restaurant in Kyoto but they were sold out. The second time was also in Kyoto but this time it was in a street market.stall so I bought one to try, the guts were cleaned out, leaving the head with its brains and the body and it was smaller than a small quail. The bird was skewered and grilled, its bones were so soft you can crunch them , didn`t have very much taste aside from the seasonings (mainly soy sauce and some kind of sweetening). The reason I said in various parts of Asia, even though I`ve only seen them in Japan, is because my dad told me about eating sparrows in China where he grew up. Also I was told that you find sparrows in Kyoto because it was a regional delicacy, you might not find this elsewhere in Japan as easily.

  6. The sun will die one day and so will your tradition. I say this to white nationalists all the time. What's the point? If humanity survives long enough to escape the suns death we will all be mixed race by then anyway.

    In the age of the internet sometimes I feel like I'm living 4,000 years in the future then I walk outside and realise most of society is still living in the dark age and they are fighting to keep it that way..

  7. I am Cypriot, it's the older generation that likes this type of meze like 50 year old's and up, measures fines and prison sentences are in place and many have been convicted or fined. I have tasted 4-5 times in gatherings etc it tastes like shit because of the digestive enzymes and that you are supposed to cook it whole and eat it whole including the intestinal contents aka feces. I don't like the taste at all and will never eat it again but older generation eat it cause they learned it from their father etc and it became kinda cultural forbidden fruit that tastes better because it's illegal and hard to get. This documentary said every back yard in Cyprus has a songbird trap factory operation lol i can assure you it's probably less than 1000 people doing this and probably they will die in the next 10 years.

  8. Someone send those people some chickens or something!!!! God damb it they are eating none sustainable animals into extinction!!!!

  9. What a load of bollocks. This is like shark-fin soup; a tradition held-up for the sake of it. The methods of catching them are cruel and inefficient, the cooking methods are flavourless, with the birds themselves yielding nothing in terms of edible matter and yet the demand is enough to support an illegal industry? And all the while this is happening, the birds are getting more and more endangered and closer and closer to extinction all because some islander wankers want to eat them because grandad did it. Disgusting.

  10. That’s what happen when you allow countries with third world style environmental care with unfettered access and unrestricted movement.

  11. I am against poaching in general, but I have never understood people's issues with this last guy's trapping methods. he's a vastly smarter animal using the tools nature provided him with to hunt. so what if it's super easy, isn't that the point of advancing ones knowledge, to make one's life easier?

  12. Yes, Shitholes exist,not only just Cyprus does this, Europe has many wretched traditions & they all think that they're superior to United States, if they'd any sense they'd farm fowl & be profitable & not leave destruction

  13. Love how they have a italian guy as the activist i can remember my gran parebts from italy doing this same thing to catch n eat song birds like finches sparrows n what not just didnt use the audio bait would put seed down n when they land there was glue on the ground so they would gst stuck

  14. This is practiced also in the north of Italy. It may be cruel, but they are a part of our tradition and are delicious on a spiedo with a side of polenta

  15. What did you think a couple of old timers, who were never formally educated, in a struggling country, were gonna say? They don't understand the impact this has. All the animals the local listed that they kill with no problem are domesticated, and are not detrimental to the environment.

  16. As someone who hunts and believes im hunting. This makes me sick theres no sport in this. Also if yiu want to make an industry of this do what we do with quail chickens ducks and turkey farm raise them.

  17. "Absolutely shocking to see this bird" Get the fuck outta here! If that's shocking to you you little butterfly I'm sorry to say but you are a right asshole
    All the horrible crap going on in our world Yemen, Syria, ISIS, starving Africans, Afghanistan the list is endless and your shocked by one little song bird. Your either a fake or an asshole

  18. The only way Cyprus is going to learn the folly of poaching birds is to have its songbirds go extinct. And then what? What will they have left to eat, when they go away? Will they eat roaches?

  19. I think the anti poaching dude was stupid to suggest they only poach out of habit and not because they are financially screwed

  20. just what the fuck had me turn off dogman encounters Friday night episode with the thumbnail of a bastard slitting a tiny bird's throat!
    fuck humanity

  21. They can use those berries to make organic gum and become rich I thought of that within the first 3 minutes of seeing the berries but who am I

  22. They spend hours just to eat that little bit of meat of a tiny songbird. They could raise more chicken and build more farms and factories while doing this.

  23. These birds are so lovely. There is nothing wrong with eating poultry, however eating endangered birds is unsustainable. Hopefully something can be done to educate the masses and provide other employment to poachers.

  24. Yeah the bitter flavor of guts would make it hard to eat. You’d need either a lot of salt or spice to make it tolerable. And prolly be hella shit faced, and goaded by your uncles, to partake in the most traditional meal of the region.

  25. Ok now i will go to Japan make a video about how bad is killing a whales for research purposes and on the end of video i will eat sashimi from whale.

  26. These people must be incredibly stupid, just farm the birds, I don't give a fuck if trapping the wild birds is apart of their culture because it won't be if there's no more fucking birds left.

  27. The documentary tried to portray the issue in a balanced way but hugely overestimated the problem. Most Cypriots don't consume ampelopoulia regularly, some including myself had never even tried them and it is not really cypriot tradition but rather just a local tradition of some villages located close to and in the Uk milititary base area. Ampelopoulia are not in the most traditional dishes and most Cypriots oppose the consumption of them. For some it is a tradition and I am ambivalent about catching some with limesticks as a hobby, but a majority of Cypriots agrees that nets and large scale operations are a problem.

  28. It is so sad… In the name of superstition, tradition and culture many animals are almost extinct. When will that stop? Do all the “old” need to die before the killing stop? We have so much commercial meat in the market, it makes no sense. The argument that a fat guy says that people are going hungry and for that reason they keep killing the birds is hilarious and ridiculous…

  29. If they still eat it, then why not to make a livestock for this bird. Hunting just only make the species endangered

  30. If it were in muslim contries the story wouldv been different …. isn't this also a violation of the nature and all the thing that u people say ?? Like we must protect we must have mercy …. have mercy my ass -_-

  31. Ive eaten small birds hunting in the woods as a kid,but I always take out the guts and try to pick my quarry and try to avoid nesting birds. I bet the actual dish tastes like crap since ur "supposed" to eat it whole. Bet it would be 1000x better gutting them.

  32. Why wouldn’t you just mass breed them and sell them cheap to kill the illegal industry?
    They look small and easy to feed and raise
    Probably easier than chickens
    Edit: just found out the EU made breeding them for consumption illegal

  33. Rate of exploitation can be minimised if the practice is licensed and regulated like alcohol after prohibition, or like drugs in Portugal. Or else they would go extinct like the passenger pigeon. At least the poaching should be done through netting, like with croquets, so that the more endangered species of songbird doesn't get caught, and the ones that are caught are in much less number.
    As a chicken eater, opposing songbird eating would be hypocritical. If the world had instead been colonially ruled by cultures like mine, for example, beef eating would have been seen as abhorrent and backwards. No culture's food choice is any more disgusting than any other food choice. I have come to see that it is more of a cuteness factor (in Western European origin people's eyes) that makes something acceptable or not acceptable to eat something, and the same standard is applied throughout the world, which is deeply colonial/racist mindset to begin with, because it stems from what they had already implied when they colonised other places, that they "civilised" those places.
    I am sure the world would have found cows as cute as say, horses if India was in charge, beef would have been made illegal like horsemeat, or at least viewed as disgusting. I am sure that if Phillipines or China were ruling the world a 100 years ago, dog meat might have been seen as normal, even in China (colonised countries often have an inferiority complex, so many people emulate western culture so as to show how upper class/modern they are). Maybe even meat eating would have been seen as backwards, who knows? Arguments using the beauty of the animal or its voice are irrelevant as to why songbird poaching should be regulated if not banned.
    Sort of shows how prohibition doesn't work. People crave for things that are banned, and there is always a black market for illicit goods.

  34. I don't see why traditions are so important. In my country the Netherlands there used to be a local tradition which was, to hit a barrel with a cat in it untill the barrel broke and the cat ran off. Luckily we stopped that and nowadays nobody in their right mind even thinks of doing that anymore. So traditions can be changed and pretty quickly too actually.

  35. If the poacher isnt afraid of anyone then why is he hiding his face? Maybe because he knows what hes doing is fkd up. What a low life coward.

  36. There is a lot of ignorance and BS from the makers of the documentary and the British cop who was interviewed. The thing you need to ask yourself is why is the large scale poaching of song birds taking place on British territory controlled by British cops and then ask why is the same thing not happening across the "border" on Cypriot territory controlled by Cypriot authorities?
    All i am saying is that in the area with a higher population of Cypriots and controlled by Cypriots more birds should be poached because if it was all about culture Cypriot policemen would understand and turn a blind eye when it happens.
    What i learnt is that the British Imperialist Culture is alive and well, they colonize and take over a place for the purposes of civilizing locals BUT their true intention always shines they really don't care about the people/environment on their colonial territory their sole intention is to maintain a British Military base.
    The best way to stop it is by asking the British to limit their authority to the walls and confines of the military base and let the Cypriot authorities who do not allow poaching on their territory take over.

  37. Until you have tried ortolan don't criticise it. You have no right to judge without an informed decision. This is one of the world's greatest delicacies. A little veal and foie gras make it all worthwhile.

  38. what about the bones,stomach,intestines,just cuts it into three pieces and eats it like a burrito…?!FUUUUUUUCK NO!.ill stick to chicken.

  39. The cove was a hate crime film against Asian Americans. They do the same thing in Denmark yet they didn't make a film about it with a crying blond girl.

  40. How can humans be so cruel and so utterly stupid? Disgusting!! Small minds, small brains like small birds.

  41. It's the same as bullfighting they believe it's part of their identity, whether it's right or wrong they believe it's their right to do it. I would let them continue and let them decimate their identity until they have completely wiped out their identity. Then and only then will they do something about it.

  42. If this continues the species will die and well so will the tradition. Maybe they should have specific hunting season

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