Commission Falconry and Bird of Prey Conservation
The Commission for Falconry and Bird of Prey Conservation was founded as a Working Group on the occasion of the CIC General Assembly on May 12th 1984 in Innsbruck/Austria. This Working Group was changed into a Commission at the CIC General Assembly in Portoroz/Slovenia in May 2001.
The Commission represents falconry as hunting with trained birds of prey for game in its natural habitat. Falconry corresponds with the natural behavior of birds of prey living in the wild. Falconry is a form of hunting, where the game is completely able to make use of his natural abilities to escape.
Aims and tasks
The Commission stands for the conservation of falconry as a form of hunting, for its appreciation and for the guarantee of its practice. It promotes the possibility for practicing falconry as an important branch of hunting in the history of civilization. The Commission supports the long-lasting protection of the fauna and flora, especially all suitable measures for the protection and conservation of the birds of prey and their habitat. It helps in the form of management measures with the resettlement of regionally extinct species of birds of prey and with supporting of remaining populations of threatened species. The Commission examines special questions of the field, concerning falconry and birds of prey, makes proposals for solutions and formulates relevant guidelines. It makes suggestions and recommendations concerning falconry and birds of prey to governments, official departments and others being responsible for hunting and environment, as well as to national and international organizations. The Commission uses its knowledge and engagement also to secure and strengthen the worldwide high reputation of the CIC.
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