Success for globally threatened bird species in Turkey

European Turtle Dove (Yuvalr [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0))

Good news from the Doğa Network Facebook Page (see below):

Success for the globally threatened bird species in Turkey
Doğa, BirdLife partner in Turkey, and 26 national and local CSOs gathered together to stop hunting of globally threatened bird species especially Common Pochard and European Turtle Dove in Turkey. This initiative has started a signature campaign and collected more than 90 thousand signatures in a month’s time. During the campaign representatives of Doğa organised meetings with the Deputy Minister of the Ministry Agriculture and Forestry and Deputy General Director of Nature Protection and National Parks. Members of Parliament were visited and then, MPs wrote an official letter of recommendation to the Central Commission of Hunting to take a decision to ban the hunting of globally threatened bird species.

After the meeting of the Central Commission of Hunting on May 23rd, two important decisions were taken for bird species: 1. One day hunting permission for all bird species was cancelled and so the hunting day decreased from four to three for 2019 – 2020 hunting season. 2. Bag size limits are decreased from 5 to 3 for European Turtle Dove and from 6 to 2 for Common Pochard for 2019 – 2020 hunting season. This decision is a first achievement for environmental, nature conservation and animal rights CSOs against the strong lobby of the hunter community in Turkey.

This is positive news and definitely a massive step in the right direction.

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