Hunter protest planned for Paralimni

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Hunter protest planned for Paralimni
Added: 16-10-2017 12:22

A large protest in support of hunting and traditional hunting methods has been planned for Paralimni on Wednesday evening. The hunters who say they are treated as common criminals by the state and police have been posting on social media to garner support.

Those involved say that new laws and restrictions imposed on hunters as well as police raids are stopping a practice that has been handed down through the generations.

In an announcement, posted alongside a video, it claims that "hunting for us is not retrograde barbarity, a subhuman instinct, a primitive destructive behavior, or a manifestation of lethal instinct."

It continues: "The established principle of hunting is the principle of perpetual preservation, not of extinction. The hunter respects the natural environment because he knows it better than everyone and lives in it. The hunter is neither a "murderer" nor a "criminal". Basically he is a citizen with rights and obligations."

Amongst the list of demands detailed by the organisers are:
Legalisation of the limestick as Cultural Heritage
Equal rights with the other European hunters
Correction of provisions in the recent hunting law
That a statement is issued that CABS activists are becoming undesirable in Cyprus

CABS are a group of activists whose members visit Cyprus and other countries where bird trappers, hunters and animal traders commit offences against European nature protection legislation.

The Famagusta area is one of two – along with Ayios Theodoros in Larnaca – areas on the island’s southern coast notorious for bird-trapping activity. Despite a European ban on the activity, trappers – especially in these two areas – continue to use mist-nets and limesticks to catch birds and then sell them as local delicacies known as ambelopoulia. In one area, near the Pyla firing range, trappers even planted acacia trees for the specific purpose of attracting the small birds.

The demonstration is planned for 7pm Wednesday, October 18, at Agios Georgios Square in Paralimni.

Added: 16-10-2017

Hunter protest planned for Paralimni

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