The idea that Malta has no real wildlife to offer is false. The country’s location on a main migratory route draws a vast amount of different birds species and nearly 400 types have been recorded by bird-watchers.

But the persecution of majestic species such as Eagles, Flamingoes, Honey Buzzards, Pallid Harriers, and Spoonbills is a common occurrence every year. Malta cannot even have regular breeding species such as the Peregrine Falcon (also known as the Maltese falcon) or other birds of prey such as Kestrels which used to breed and live in the Maltese Islands. If illegal hunting were really under control, you would be seeing them.

The government has been violating EU laws by permitting spring hunting and autumn trapping. Derogations (exemptions from EU law) allowed  for very specific circumstances, have been exploited by government to appease the hunting lobby. It allows the continuation of hunting in Malta during the breeding season and the degradation caused to protected habitats and species by trapping. And the hunting lobby is now demanding even more  concessions.

It does not have to get worse before it gets better.

Demand change NOW

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 January 2013, 1:50:34 PM