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The Police Officers Union (POU) has expressed its disapproval of the opening of the quail hunting season this year, as it fears that this will put an unnecessary burden on the police force.
The union, which forms part of the General Workers’ Union (GWU), explained that some members of the Police Force are currently tasked with inspections and the enforcement of the preventive measures put into place because of Covid-19.
On Facebook, the union said that normally, during hunting season, the work done by the Administrative Law Enforcement (ALE) increases drastically, so much so that temporary transfers of police officers occur, in order for the ALE to be assisted.
A few weeks ago, the ALE branch was chosen to conduct inspections on people placed under quarantine. Therefore, should the hunting season open, the ALE officers will be further burdened, as well as the rest of the Force, the union explained.
It asked the Government to reconsider its position in such a time of crisis.
Government’s being irresponsible – AD
On the other hand, Alternattiva Demokratika (AD) described the Government’s decision as “irresponsible.”
In a press release issued today, AD said that its Chairperson Carmel Cacopardo claimed that around 40 police officers will be transferred from doing work which is essential at the moment to monitoring the hunters.
According to Cacopardo, the Government is threatening the good measures it’s taken so far to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Should hunting season open, said Cacopardo, the Government will be sending the message that it’s not essential to stay home.
In the last few days, 10 voluntary organisations have joined BirdLife’s appeal to the Prime Minister for hunting season not to open this year. Today several media houses joined the NGOs’ appeal, including Newsbook.com.mt. The rest of the news portals are Times of Malta, Malta Today, Illum, The Malta Independent, The Shift News and Gozo News.