BirdLife writes to European Commissioner about opening of trapping season
Birdlife Malta has written to EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius about the decision by the Prime Minister Robert Abela to reopen the trapping season to carry out a research project.
BirdLife Malta CEO Mark Sultana stated that the Government is bowing its head to a small vociferous lobby that is being allowed to trap seven species of finches under the premise of a research project. Everyone knows that the absolute majority of trappers will keep the birds caught since they know that there is no monitoring and enforcement. Apart from this, he added that it is a known fact that the numbers of birds hunted or trapped and reported by Maltese hunters and trappers over the years is far below the numbers caught.
Last week 12 Short-toed Eagles were gunned down in Malta, two flamingos were literally snatched from a nature reserve, and to add insult to injury the Prime Minister of Malta handed over the two largest tree-covered zones in Malta (Miżieb and Aħrax) to the hunters and trappers.
BirdLife Malta vows to fight the latest decisions in Court and promises to exhaust all legal avenues to counter this decision.
Derogation for trapping season of song thrush and golden plover