Youli Julita
Youli Julita campaign leader

https://www.facebook.com/stophuntinglebanon

Dear friends , thank you for supporting this FB page! It 's now time to answer the many questions that have been asked.

Who are we?
We are a group of European and Lebanese protectionists who have decided to show the incredible slaughter of migratory birds in Lebanon. We have collected more than 20,000 images that portray this incredible situation.

Why are hunters’ faces “blurred”?
We do not consider useful to launch a "manhunt"! In any other country these images would be helpful to the police to prosecute criminal hunters, but unfortunately in Lebanon there is no hunting law in force and there is no police control. The hunt is banned since 1994, but about 600,000 hunters go illegally out for hunting in the country, without authorities undertaking any action to stop this illegal activity. What for should we then publish the identity of these criminals? Moreover, even if the images were collected on FB open profiles, claims for violation of privacy rights could lead to the cancellation of these photos. And we want to be sure, that it doesn’t happen.

How can such a massacre be possible?
As already mentioned, hunting is banned in Lebanon, but there is no control! All hunting means which are prohibited in the rest of the world are in use in Lebanon: tape lures, night hunting, unlimited ammo rifles, hunting on migration bottlenecks, limesticks, nets, unlimited hunting bags…. Authorities just do not care…
Hunting is practiced all year round, even during the pre-nuptial migration. Most hunters kill every kind of birds, including rare species, which are subject of specific conservation projects in Europe. Just to name a few: Lesser spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina), Osprey (Pandion halieaetos), White Stork (Ciconia ciconia), Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), Crane (Grus grus), Corncrake (Crex crex), Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus). Millions of Euros invested in conservation and the commitment of tens of thousands of protectionists are outweighed by the nefarious activities of hunters in Lebanon: this country is a black hole for migratory birds and it jeopardizes all conservation initiatives undertaken by the international community!

What can we do?
- First of all share this page! We believe that increasing the number of followers of "Stop Hunting Crimes in Lebanon" means to make the publication of these thousands of dramatic pictures an extraordinary means of pressure on the Lebanese authorities. The implementation of a Hunting Law and a real control over hunters is the only solution to this problem. But this is a decision only the Government can take.

The “Stop Hunting Crimes in Lebanon” Staff

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