“Between 40,000 and 100,000 quail are killed annually in illegal hunting with the help of electronic calls,” the association said, noting that it had been receiving frequent reports from the ground on the use of such devices.
In order to raise awareness of the harmfulness of such hunting practices, which can cause significant losses in certain animal populations, Biom has launched a campaign covering 44 local radio stations calling on citizens to report to police if they hear the sound of electronic bird calls by dialling 112.
The project is funded through the LIFE EU Programme and co-funded by the state Office for Nongovernmental Organisations.
The association notes that a hunter can kill up to five quail during one hunt while a hunter using an electronic bird call can kill up to 50 birds.
Illegal hunting carries a sentence of up to three years in prison.
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