The illegal trapping and sale of birds for falconry, a traditional practice in Georgia, pose a threat to raptor species. It is estimated that 200,000 birds are trapped each year with 5,000 being smuggled out of the country. For some species, birds regarded as low quality are also killed to remove them from populations.
The illegal and unsustainable trade in raptors is significantly affecting a number of species including the saker falcon, Eurasian sparrowhawk, northern goshawk and peregrine falcon, which are targeted for falconry. FFI is seeking to address these threats by working closely with falconers’ associations and in cooperation with relevant government agencies to regulate the practice of falconry and to stop illegal international trade in birds of prey.