The RFEC poses another pathway to the European Commission to re-authorize the silvestrismo


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The Real Federación Española is working to get the European Commissioner for their green light allow again the silvestrismo in Spain, to meet the demands of BIRDS Directive and those collected in a recent decision favorable to the capture of finches in the Republic of Malta.

In this sentence, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has concluded that there has been noncompliance on the part of Malta of its obligations under the provisions of several articles of the Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds (“Birds Directive”). All this because the regime of exceptions, which allows the capture of live specimens of birds fringílidas in Malta does not conform to the postulates of the above-mentioned Birds Directive.

Parsed the indicated judicial pronouncement, the RFEC understood that in the case of Spain, it complies strictly with the provisions of the given sentence and by the article 9.1 of the Birds Directive , since the silvestrismo is a selective approach, are exploited in a prudent manner and in small quantities, is captured and is practiced under strictly controlled conditions and in addition it has been shown the absence of other satisfactory solution (it has been scientifically proved that captive breeding is not feasible at the present time).

In this sense, the mep Mazaly Aguilar (CRA) , has presented to the European Commission in a parliamentary question that asks if the strict enforcement of the provisions of the Birds Directive and contained in the indicated sentence would allow again the authorization of the silvestrismo by the Spanish authorities.

The president of the RFEC, Ignacio Valley , faced with the optimism of this new pathway for the re-authorize the catches, since “these demands ecological, scientific, cultural, economic, recreational, local and regional, given its inclusion in the Law 42/2007, have to be observed by the Administration to be able to grant authorisations for catching birds fringílidas, grant that, without a doubt, can be carried out by this channel legal, endorsed by the own Birds Directive”.