BirdLife International CEO calls on PM not to open spring hunting season

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Birdlife International, Patricia Zurita has called on Prime Minister Robert Abela to show leadership at this particular time, not give in to lobbies and to refrain from opening the spring hunting season.

On Tuesday, Patricia Zurita has written to Prime Minister Abela on the situation of spring hunting in Malta and Gozo.

Birdlife International represents the world’s largest nature conservation partnership with 115 partners worldwide, including BirdLife Malta.

The CEO of Birdlife International said that the decision to open the spring hunting season contradicts drastically what Europe is promoting amidst the COVID-19 crisis and the visionary Green Deal.

“It is impossible to understand that a progressive party like yours resists change in favour of nature,

in particular bird protection. One surely needs to be courageous to bring about change which might affect a very noisy lobby,” writes Zurita.

In her letter, she also reminds Prime Minister Abela that it was precisely the failure to enforce wildlife trade regulations by governments which led to the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zurita questioned the resources available to safeguard a spring hunting derogation as stipulated by law due to the Coronavirus situation and called on Abela to seriously reconsider the opening

of the spring season for one species of bird, the Quail, telling him that such a decision will be regressive, and it would also hinder the correct approach to controlling the COVID-19 pandemic in Malta.

Patricia Zurita has appealed to Prime Minister Abela to make people and the future generations proud and refrain from opening the spring hunting season.

She also said she looks forward to seeing the Maltese Government taking the necessary steps to preserve nature in Malta and to respect its obligations towards bettering the state of the environment.