Malta bans Spring Hunting
On 18 March 2009 BirdLife International and BirdLife Malta welcomed the Maltese Prime Minister’s announcement that there will be no spring hunting in 2009.
Replying to questions on the national TV, Dr. Lawrence Gonzi said that no spring hunting could take place while the European court case was pending, so as not to prejudice the case at the European Court of Justice.
“The Prime Minister’s decision gives us hope that Malta is starting to take serious action for the protection of the European Union’s common natural heritage” said Joseph Mangion, BirdLife Malta President.
“The Prime Minister’s decision gives us hope that Malta is starting to take serious action for the protection of the European Union’s common natural heritage” —Joseph Mangion, BirdLife Malta President
We ask all political parties to join together on this issue and stop seeing spring hunting as a conflict between two sides but as a serious conservation issue.”
Dr. Clairie Papazoglou, Regional Director of the European Division at BirdLife International in Brussels said: “We would like to welcome the Maltese Prime Minister’s statement in respect of the EU’s Birds Directive. European Turtle-doves Streptopelia turtur and Quails can now safely cross Malta on their way to their breeding grounds in Europe”.
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Credits: BirdLife Malta