BirdLife Malta said the Federazzjoni Kaċċaturi Nassaba Konservazzjonisti (FKNK) has lost control over its members, an allegation FKNK has denied.
In a press release, BirdLife said that only six storks out of a flock of 18 were left alive, and although only seven of these shootings were observed, the organisation believes the other five were shot down by hunters too.
BirdLife Malta said it is waiting for the Government to take a clear action “which shows it will not tolerate such atrocities any longer”.
Meanwhile, FKNK blamed the European Commission for the stork’s killings. In a press release, the association said that while it condemns all illegal actions on protected birds, hunters have lost their trust in the European Commission’s justice system, so much so that no one wants to report illegalities.