Watch: Two flamingos shot in one day; BirdLife asks PM to act

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Yesterday, the Maltese islands saw several flamingos circling around its coasts. While some juveniles were exhausted and landed close to people, others were shot at and injured, BirdLife Malta said.

One was collected from Marsaxlokk and taken to the government vet, who confirmed it had been illegally shot. Another badly injured flamingo was witnessed being brought down in the area known as Munxar, in the limits of Marsaskala.

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Other stranded juvenile flamingos were collected and taken to the vet. One was collected by ERA officials from Daħlet Qorrot in Gozo while another one was collected earlier on by BirdLife Malta from Għadira Bay. This morning another one was collected from Tas-Safra by Kaċċaturi San Ubertu (KSU) and was also handed over to BirdLife Malta.

BirdLife Malta CEO Mark Sultana explained in a video yesterday that the state of enforcement and regulations in the country has been weakened allowing some hunters to target protected birds all year round.

“This malaise has gone on for far too long”

“This malaise has gone on for far too long. BirdLife Malta calls on Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to address this situation with constructive and visible actions. The first step should be the setting up of a wildlife crime unit which is run by people who have environmental protection as their first priority.”

Whilst thanking the general public, BirdLife Malta insisted that the responsibility of protecting birds lies solely on the Government and it cannot shy away from realising that it needs to take a clear stand once and for all.

Over the past 24 hours BirdLife Malta announced that it has also retrieved another protected bird which, following a diagnosis by the government vet, has also been confirmed illegally shot. The Marsh Harrier, which had lead pellets in its wing and tail, was recovered by police on Monday from the Gianpula area.