Well known vulture and raptor traders imprisoned by Belgium court

Landmark court sentence good news to curb the growing illegal trade on birds of prey. In July a Belgium court sentenced four people to heavy prison sentences and fines, after it found them guilty of illegal trade in protected and endangered birds, including vultures. The case is the result of a long and […]

Middle East: Illegal trade of Saker falcons a booming business

Illegal trade of endangered Saker and Peregrine falcons continues unabated across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, allegedly with the help of government officials.


Saker Falcon: courtesy of Dusan Boucny CZ.

For the past two decades, Peshawar is said to be the largest black market of falcons in the world. Affluent Arabs often […]

Collecting without a conscience by Guy Shorrock

On 9 April 2013 at Inverness Sheriff court, Keith Liddell of Holm Dell Drive, Inverness, was sentenced to a 220 hours community service order. During an earlier trial in March there was a dramatic change in direction and he decided to plead guilty to 13 charges relating to the illegal trading in birds’ eggs […]

FEATHERED COCAINE – The international Trade in Large Falcons

FEATHERED COCAINE is not a wildlife documentary. It is a documentary about the international trade of falcons. After the trade of drugs, people and weapons, smuggling falcons is ranked No 4 in the list of the most profitable illegal trades. Most people are not aware that the effects of the falcon trade has exerted […]

Peregrine Egg Smuggler’s Sentence Cut by Appeal Court

Bird egg smuggler Jeffrey Lendrum’s prison sentence of 30 months has been reduced by the appeals court to just 18 months – what kind of message does this send to other potential wildlife criminals we wonder? Lendrum was arrested at Birmingham International Airport while waiting for a flight to the Middle East last year.