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Birdlife Malta


Well folks, i think we all know about the carnage that happens in Malta during the Spring and Autumn hunting seasons. For many years i’ve tried to discourage friends from holidaying there, passing on to them my reasons for boycotting the place. The Times of Malta is currently running an online poll to vote as to whether there should be a Spring hunting season this year. For goodness sake get over to the Times of Malta site and vote “NO”!!

Make sure you also sign the Birdlife Malta petition.

To quote the Birdlife Malta website:-

…migratory birds are in peril as they fly over Malta, where they continue to be gunned down. Every year, protected species are killed; every spring and every autumn. Law enforcement is under resourced and unable to control the scale of illegal hunting.

There are nearly 12,000 hunters on the small island.

Whereas spring hunting is not permitted under the EU Birds Directive because this is the breeding season and a chance for birds to replenish their numbers, Malta has opened the spring hunting season every year since it joined the EU in 2004.

Over the last years, BirdLife Malta has been instrumental in ensuring that Malta strengthens its bird protection laws through its public and advocacy campaigns.

Spring hunting was not allowed in 2008 and 2009 thanks to an interim measure issued by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Last year, the ECJ found that Malta had been in breach of European law for allowing spring hunting (of turtle dove and quail) without meeting the conditions of a derogation since it became a member state.

In spite of this, the Maltese government is still considering opening what it calls a “limited spring hunting season” in 2010. The government also continues to undermine the true scale and seriousness of illegal hunting

and here’s a gruesome pic i pinched from the Birdlife Malta web site

Heron, injured by Maltese hunters

Heron, injured by Maltese hunters

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