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by | 1st, February 2005

‘“PSSST! Wanna a chaffinch? Bullfinch? Yellowhammer? I’ve got the lot. A sparrer? A woodpecker? Ouch! He’s a bit of a handful, that one…”

A bird in the hand is worth around 10 euros

Bird-napping is, says the Independent, one of Britain’s fastest growing illegal trades with an estimated 2,000 finches trapped each summer to be sold into captivity abroad.

“The birds,” it says, “including bullfinches, chaffinches, yellowhammers, siskins and bramblings, are highly prized for their colourful plumage and can be worth from £10 to £100 to unscrupulous collectors.”

And in countries like Malta and Belgium, where the popularity of bird-keeping means demand cannot be met, there is no shortage of people prepared to pay top dollar for the best birds.

A spokesman for the Scottish Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals admitted that the practice was much wider than previously thought.

“Considering it is possible to catch these birds easily, if you know what you’re doing, it is money for nothing,” he said.

“It also doesn’t carry the same stigma other ‘substances’ do. Appearing in court charged with dealing in a dodgy finch is not going to have the same drawback to being caught dealing drugs.”

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