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Protected Birds Smuggled across Croatian-Slovenian Border by Italians

ObreĹžje, 14 September - Around 2,000 dead birds were discovered by Slovenian customs officers in an Italian van with a trailer at the Slovenian-Croatian border crossing Obrezje on Wednesday. A fowling piece was also found inside a double wall of the vehicle, the Slovenian Customs Administration said. According to the smugglers, the birds - protected by the 1979 Bern Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats - were shot in the surroundings of Osijek, in eastern Croatia, where the two had been spending a hunting week.

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