HC Deb 11 June 1991 vol 192 c479W
Mr. Meale

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether the caging of wild birds for use as decoys is permitted under the European Birds directives 1979.

Mr. Baldry

The directive prohibits the hunting, capturing or killing of wild birds where the methods used would result in the large-scale or non-selective capture or killing of birds, or would cause the local disappearance of a species. The directive prohibits live birds which are blind or mutilated from being used as decoys.