Following various comments on social media platforms in relation to a number of dead farmed ducks close to Salina Nature Reserve, BirdLife Malta wants to clarify that is has notified the competent authorities about the situation but so far no action has been taken.
In a statement it emerged that BirdLife Malta staff at the reserve had noticed and witnessed several farmed Muscovy Ducks dying, with the numbers increasing daily. These domestic ducks are found on land which is not run by BirdLife Malta, adjacent to the canal under the main road close to the entrance to Salina Nature Reserve.
BirdLife Malta said it had communicated to all governmental authorities and that it was evident that these ducks are very sick and various photos and videos were submitted with the reports. BirdLife Malta is requesting the authorities to take action to safeguard the well-being of the farmed ducks along with the natural habitat of the area which is also a Natura 2000 site and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
This species of domestic duck hails from Central and South America and has become a farm animal in various countries. The biggest problem they face is that they need a constant supply of fresh water which in Malta is not found easily as a natural resource. This is one of the reasons why such ducks should not be placed in the wild anywhere in Malta, not even in coastal areas next to the sea. No one should keep them unless they are sure that they can provide them with the adequate conditions.