Tag: spring hunting
Results from this year’s spring hunting season to be sent to the European Commission prove derogation was just a smokescreen allowing illegal hunting of vulnerable Turtle-doves, said Birdlife Malta in a statement issued on Friday.
The police said that after investigating the criminal complaint filed by BirdLife Malta over the alleged illegally issued hunting licences, it has decided that it would not take further action.
Kaċċaturi San Ubertu (KSU) welcomes the decision taken by the ORNIS Committee to open a quail hunting season this spring, however KSU said it has noted that for the fourth consequetive year the proposals to open a spring hunting season on turtle dove were unconvincing.
Independent newspapers Times of Malta, Malta Today, The Malta Independent and Illum together with news portals Newsbook, The Shift News and Gozo.News have joined the call on Prime Minister Robert Abela not to open the spring hunting season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sources say that the spring hunting season will be opened from 10 April until the end of the month.
In a joint statement, the NGOs noted that while the public was being encouraged to remain home due to the coronavirus outbreak in Malta, the government would allow "thousands" of hunters to be in the countryside and hunt birds.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Birdlife International, Patricia Zurita has called on Prime Minister Robert Abela to show leadership at this particular time, not give in to lobbies and to refrain from opening the spring hunting season.
The Committee Against Bird Slaughter has backed up the call made by BirdLife Malta.
The Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FKNK) is appealing to the Government to make a decision regarding spring hunting season.
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