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Malta Slaughter

Proact has now joined the fight to stop the slaughter on Malta. For details of how you can help please visit their website. http://proaction.tripod.com/team/

From The Malta Times March 19th, 2001 - BirdLife calls for police unit with environmental duties.

BirdLife Malta bird watchers witnessed illegal hunting by hunters on speedboats and dinghies, particularly in the Comino channel, the environment group said yesterday. BirdLife said that a relatively huge number of migratory birds were observed over the Maltese islands over these last few days, particularly on March 10, in an overcast sky with showers. Those seen included thousands of wild ducks and waders, and also grey herons. "Presently the season for hunting both on land and at sea is closed. During most of last week the situation was good, with the ALE team constantly patrolling the area. Hunters have been seen shooting at flocks of migrating wild ducks, as well as flocks settled on the sea.BirdLife Malta bird watchers witnessed illegal hunting by hunters on speedboats and dinghies, particularly in the Comino channel, the environment group said yesterday. BirdLife said that a relatively huge number of migratory birds were observed over the Maltese islands over these last few days, particularly on March 10, in an overcast sky with showers. Those seen included thousands of wild ducks and waders, and also grey herons. "Presently the season for hunting both on land and at sea is closed. During most of last week the situation was good, with the ALE team constantly patrolling the area. Hunters have been seen shooting at flocks of migrating wild ducks, as well as flocks settled on the sea."Species shot included garganey, pintail, shoveler and shelduck. Also, a Ghawdex BirdLife Malta member found an injured great crested grebe, which he passed to us for treatment. "The great crested grebe is an uncommon migrant for the Maltese islands. The bird was migrating north to breed, and in fact had already moulted into its bright summer plumage," it said.The incidents happened between March 10 and 13. Reports were lodged with the police; however, hunters were still out hunting at the Comino channel on their sea craft, the paper said.BirdLife Malta said these incidents bolstered the cry for the setting up of an environmental police unit. "The latter should be equipped with all the necessary tools, including Land Rovers and adequate clothing, and personnel in order to be able to carry out its duties," it said.Please send a letter to the Prime Minister of Malta and urge him to abolish hunting in the Maltese islands. The Prime Minister address and a sample letter is available in English and in German version at this website:
http://homepage.mac.com/davidcam/awareness/news.html
Also see the Fatbirder news archive for how you can help the campaign.

4th July 2014