Owners of racing pigeons have given vent to their anger at the fact that pigeons are returning to their lofts riddled with pellets. The owners told TVM this is not something new, but the incidence of these cases has lately become more frequent.
Owners who reported their pigeons being hit by shogun pellets are those who race pigeons in Gozo, Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq and Magħtab.
The same owners pointed out that the Maltese Federation of Racing Pigeons had written to the Federation of Hunters, Trappers and Conservationists to express its disappointment, and requested the FKNK to warn its members not to shoot at racing pigeons.
“As you are aware, the Federation members have supported you in the past, and now they don’t deserve this treatment,” the pigeon fanciers told the hunters.
Asked to comment on the situation by TVM, the FKNK Chief Executive Lino Farrugia stated they had been proactive, and as soon as these reports started being made, they immediately set up a meeting with the pigeon fanciers’ federation in order to handle the issue together.
Mr Farrugia clarified there is no proof that those who take shots at pigeons are hunters or members of the FKNK, but the federation will still take the necessary action, just as it has done in the past.