BirdLife: opening the Spring hunting season would be highly irresponsible
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BirdLife Malta and CABS maintain that the Government should not consider opening the Spring hunting season.
Birdlife Malta said that this would be an irresponsible decision given that the EU Directive allows for a derogation on condition that there are seven enforcement or police officials for every 1,000 hunters, which would not be possible due to the fact that the country’s security services are taken up by other commitments related to the Covid-19 crisis.
It went on to say that at the end of last week it had received seven protected birds which were shot illegally – three Common Kestrels and four Marsh Harriers.
CABS said that since the 9th March it had become aware of 18 cases of illegal trapping and two cases of illegal hunting during the closed hunting season. q