The signing of an agreement and memorandum between the government and the hunters’ lobby, in which l-Aħrax and Miżieb were handed over for management was brought forward by two days to avoid direct confrontation, the Federation for Hunting and Conservation said.
In a statement released on Sunday, the FKNK apologized for any inconvenience the change in date caused to any of its guests.
The deal has sparked outrage among environmental groups with NGOs filing a judicial protest on Friday as rumors spread regarding a protest to be held on Sunday.
In a statement, FKNK described the agreements as an update of the 1986 management agreement between the government and the lobby.
Offering its apologies after the date was changed, FKNK explained that it had no other option but to cancel Sunday’s event to avoid any direct confrontation due to a protest which was organised to cause provocation. They described the outrage as the “greed” of some individuals and organisations led by BirdLife Malta.
They accused the environmental lobby of having a hidden agenda and political motives.