“Malta should be aware that it cannot be a European Union Member State à la carte and that the spirit of the EU Accession Treaty must be respected” said Birdlife following the European Commission infringement proceedings against the Maltese Government on spring hunting and trapping.
The NGO puts the blame on Minister Clint Camilleri for giving wrong advice to Prime Minister Robert Abela on the matter.
Malta in 2020 should be aligning itself to the European Green Deal and not taking measures to destroy more biodiversity, Birdlife said.
BirdLife Malta claims that over its 58 years of existence raised millions of funds into the Maltese economy in education, nature reserves and research. In the last 16 years of European Union membership, the NGO has successfully been granted millions of euro in funds for employing people in the environment sector and scientific research.
Maltese are not all hunters
“The hunting lobby in Malta should realise that it is high time they stop taking their privileges for granted and that their abusive actions – in particular with illegal hunting and trapping – have harmed Malta for decades, earning us the reputation as a country where “what flies, dies” the NGO declared.
Birdlife calls on Prime Minister Robert Abela and Opposition Leader Bernard Grech to realise that the majority of Maltese and Gozitans are not hunters or trappers and want to live in a country which embraces the European Green Deal and not go back on it.