Birdlife requests Police Commissioner to withdraw hunting licences issued by Gozo Ministry

Updated 05:49 PM

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

On Wednesday, BirdLife Malta filed a complaint with the Police Commissioner following the issuance of hunting licences by the Gozo Ministry when according to the environmental legislation the Gozo Minister has no legal right to issue this document.

In a statement, Birdlife Malta said that this means that the licences are invalid and all those who are in the countryside hunting are breaking the law and that is why BirdLife Malta has requested the Police Commissioner to take all legal necessary measures at his disposal to withdraw the hunting licences of all those who in the past weeks have taken to the countryside to kill protected birds as evidenced by the several videos which have been published by environmental NGOs such as BirdLife Malta and the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS).

BirdLife Malta President Darryl Grima and CEO Mark Sultana explained that this clear evidence acquired by BirdLife Malta confirms how the decision to place hunting and trapping under the remit of Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri was clearly in breach of the law.

The Police were asked to take immediate action to ensure that all those who are out hunting with an invalid licence are taken to Court as stipulated by Malta’s environment laws.

Claims are unfounded says Gozo Ministry

The Ministry for Gozo said that the government followed the usual procedures adopted along the years to issue hunting licences and therefore stated that the claims made by Birdlife Malta are incorrect.

The Gozo Ministry also said that Birdlife Malta’s compalint to the Police Commisioner filed this morning, means that 6,000 people might be facing a maximum fine of €10,000 or two-years imprisonment, as well as the permanent revocation of all licences and/or permits.