‘Killing the canary’: How one of the world’s most famous wildlife icons is being hunted for her trademark colour

In 2013, the iconic canary was one of only two species of birds to be hunted by the Spanish government for its distinctive green colour.

And, as it turns out, that was not her only colour choice.

It is the colour of her favorite hunting ground, the island of Kompton Canary, which has been the subject of a fierce legal battle since its capture in 1775.

But while she may have preferred the colour blue to green, the Canary’s trademark was never her only one. 

A decade after she first came to light, a series of court cases in Argentina, where the canaries were originally hunted, have brought an end to that tradition. 

In 2014, the Argentine Supreme Court ruled that Kompton Canaries were not the official species of Canary, but the official bird of Kompton Islands, which are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

In response, Kompton canaries hunted by hunters in Argentina have been designated as the official canary species of the Canary Islands. 

This has given Kompton hunters a new target: to kill the canarians.

In a statement, Komptons spokesman Eduardo Carrasquero said: “Today, we have seen an important victory in the fight against the illegal hunting of the canarian in the Canary islands.” 

The Canary hunter in Buenos Aires In the end, Komtons supporters prevailed, and in March 2018, the country’s highest court ruled that the hunting of Komtans canary had been illegal.

And it was a victory that would have been difficult for any other canary hunter. 

The Argentine court ruled in favour of Komtunans Canary Hunter, who were also the main plaintiff in the case.

The court had ruled that “the official Canary species is not the Canary species of Kompon”. 

In the aftermath of the ruling, the hunting ban on Komtannese Canary hunters in Buenos Santos was lifted. 

But the canaria still faces an uphill battle to reclaim its official Canary status, because the hunt is still legal in Argentina. 

“In the Canary, it’s always the Canary.

It’s always in the air,” said Carrasque, explaining why the hunt continues.

“We can’t change that.

We can’t do anything about it.

And if it’s illegal, we’re going to go through with it.”

While it is not clear how many canaries remain in Kompton, Carrasqero believes the hunt has made up for lost time. 

For now, the hunt will continue, but Carrasqua says they are determined to make sure that the hunt in Argentina is legal and sustainable. 

Kompton hunters have not returned to hunting the Canary since the court ruling, but it remains a controversial topic in Argentina and around the world. 

If you have seen the canarias colours before, what do you think?

Are they the Canary?

Or is Kompton a Canary Hunter? 

You can find out more about the canarie hunt at the BBC World Service website, or on Twitter.

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