Disturbing hunters should be punishable by law – Kaċċaturi San Ubertu

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The Kaċċaturi San Ubertu (KSU) are calling for laws targeting those who would disturb people who are hunting or trapping, highlighting a proposed Italian law levying fines on such actions as an example.

The KSU was reacting to an incident reported by the FKNK hunters’ federation, which said that a Gozitan trapper was assaulted by a couple who accused him of trapping illegally. Finch trapping, banned under EU law, has been resumed this season, with the authorities controversially justifying the practice for research reasons.

The association said that it could verify the incident, since one of its members assisted the trapper in question, and flagged footage showing another couple releasing a caged bird.

“These and other illegal provocations regularly happen to hunters and trappers, carried out by extremists who do not agree with the practice and are ready to take the law in their hands,” KSU said.

But the association lamented that while there were laws against hunting and trapping abuses, no such laws protected hunters and trappers from “provocative disturbances, acts of hatred, trespassing, breach of privacy, interference or continuous scrutiny from extremists ready to do anything to ridicule our country and provoke the enthusiast for their propaganda.”

It referred to a law proposed in the Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia which would see offenders fined up to €3,500 as a possible