Hunters and activists condemn storks’ shooting

BirdLife Malta

Kaċċaturi San Ubertu (KSU) and BirdLife Malta condemn yesterday’s actions regarding the three white storks.

In two separate press releases, they detailed their disdain for the act which killed the protected birds, yesterday.

The KSU said that most of today’s hunters are foremost in educating about protected species, while BirdLife Malta claimed that this incident “shows the extent of widespread illegal hunting.”

In the KSU’s words, “such acts cast a bad light on all hunters since a sector of those thriving from bird protection deceitfully depict apathy on the part of the authorities and anarchy and mayhem amongst the hunting community in their bid to gain public support against hunting.” It went on to say that it is likely that those who commit such acts do not have a license.

The KSU also said that the penalties in place for such acts are there to castigate such criminals and that the revision of such penalties by Government as an electoral promise is being withheld following any illegal act.

BirdLife Malta said that it has been calling on the Prime Minister to set up a wildlife crime unit and it said that the reluctance to implement this was incomprehensible.  The press release also mentioned the change in the law on wild rabbit hunting.

“They want to allow hunting to be done wherever the hunter pleased rather than stating the exact private land on which the hunter will hunt. This weakens the law and will allow it to be a stronger smokescreen than what it is presently. Due to this wild rabbit season, hunters could easily target protected birds.”

Birdlife went on to say that in the coming weeks,  hundreds of birds of prey would be migrating over Malta. It  appeals to the authorities to step in, as the idea of self-regulation has failed, and that the Prime Minister now has the obligation to act fast.