A Spanish electricity company is being prosecuted over the deaths of hundreds of birds electrocuted on pylons and overhead cables and for failing to comply with regulations designed to protect wildlife.
After a three-year investigation, Antoni Pelegrín, the attorney general for the environment in Barcelona, has brought a case for ecological crimes against the electricity company Endesa and six of its senior executives for allegedly failing to meet safety requirements.
The lawsuit claims that between 2018 and 2020 255 birds were electrocuted on pylons near Osona in northern Catalonia. Most were storks, eagles, peregrine falcons and vultures.
Above Photo: Storks nesting on an electrical post in Spain. ‘We’ve known about the problem and the measures that need to be taken to prevent electrocution since the 1980s,’ says conservation officer. Photograph: Samuel Aranda/AFP/Getty Images