BirdLife cancels meeting with Delia; accuses him of jumping to conclusions

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BirdLife Malta cancelled a meeting it was meant to have with Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia, after comments he made on social media about hunters.

The NGO released a statement saying it had sent a letter to Delia informing him of its decision. The meeting that the PN leader asked for himself was scheduled for Monday. BirdLife published the letter it sent Delia.

BirdLife told Delia in the letter that it made this decision based on the fact that he jumped to conclusions before having knowledge of the actual facts. They accused him of making a statement on social media on behalf of the Nationalist Party in which he said that during a meeting he had with the Federation of Conservationist Hunters and Trappers (FKNK) he expressed his satisfaction at the fact that no legal steps will be taken against the thousands of hunters that, according to Delia, did not break any law. He claimed that the good ones always end up being blamed along with the bad ones.

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The NGO told Delia that he chose not to see the facts. It insisted that the facts are that the licenses and special permits given to hunters were given by Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri “illegitimately” as he does not have the legal power to give out these permits, according to the NGO. Camilleri is also responsible for Wild Birds Regulation Unit (WRBU), which unit is dominated by the interests of hunters and bird trappers, BirdLife believes, when according to the law, this should fall under the responsibility of Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia.

It went on to say that it seems like the Nationalist Party agrees with law-breaking and the abuse of the law, rather than serving as the Parliamentary guardian towards observance of the law.

BirdLife told PN that it can choose to be a populist party like the Labour Party is, but if it were to do this, it would be abdicating and running away from its obligations as the party which should safeguard the rule of law and the environment.