Event Description

Bird Trapping

In bad years like this one, farmers in neighbouring villages sometimes use nets to trap small birds for meat, which can be eaten or sold. It is illegal, since many of the birds are endangered, so there’s a risk.

You could make: $30

Set bird nets?

Bird trapping event screenshot – 3rd World Farmer.

In-game Effects

If the player decides to set nets, he will receive $30. However, at the end of the next season, there’s a small risk that one of the family members on the farm will have ‘gone missing’ while tending the nets. This could be due to an arrest, a conflict with other trappers, or due to an accident happening in the wilderness. Either way, that person will never return to the farm again. If this happens, a notice about the disappearance will appear on the annual report.

Bird Trapping from a Development Perspective

Bird trapping is a practice that involves capturing wild birds for food or trade. While it has been a traditional activity in some cultures for centuries, it is now recognized as a major threat to bird populations and biodiversity.

In many developing countries, bird trapping is a common practice due to poverty and the lack of alternative livelihoods. However, the indiscriminate trapping of birds can have significant environmental, social, and economic impacts.

From a development perspective, bird trapping is often viewed as a challenge to sustainable development. The hunting of birds can lead to the decline of bird populations and loss of biodiversity. This can have a negative impact on ecosystem services such as pollination, pest control, and nutrient cycling, which are essential for agriculture and human well-being.

In addition to the environmental impact, bird trapping can have negative social and economic impacts. The trade of wild birds can contribute to illegal activities such as wildlife trafficking and organized crime. It can also lead to exploitation and abuse, including child labor and forced labor.

Governments and international organizations have recognized the need to address the challenges of bird trapping. Efforts are being made to promote alternative livelihoods, increase awareness of the importance of biodiversity, and enforce laws and regulations against illegal bird trapping.

For example, the BirdLife International partnership works to protect birds and their habitats through conservation, research, and education. They also work with local communities to promote sustainable livelihoods and reduce the pressure on natural resources.

External Links

“Bird Trapping in Egypt and Libya”:

“United to stop illegal killing and trading of migratory wild birds in North Africa,” Birdlife International, 2017:

“Conservationists appalled at illegal killing of 25m birds a year in the Mediterranean,” The Guardian, 2015: