Three pro­tected birds shot in one day

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

BirdLife Malta in­ten­si­fies pres­sure as 23 pro­tected birds are now known to have been shot down since the open­ing of this year’s au­tumn hunt­ing sea­son. BirdLife Malta was in the last hours called again to as­sist in the retrieval of more pro­tected birds which were shot dur­ing the au­tumn hunt­ing sea­son.

In Gozo, BirdLife Malta was called to try to collect a shot Grey Heron (Rus­sett Griż) with a bro­ken wing. It was seen land­ing on a cliff ledge in Dwe­jra on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

On Satur­day too, in De­li­mara BirdLife Malta staff and Rap­tor Camp vol­un­teers wit­nessed the il­le­gal shoot­ing of an­other pro­tected bird. Af­ter hear­ing a shot be­ing fired to­wards the ground some me­tres away, a hunter was filmed pick­ing up a shot North­ern Wheatear (Kuda) and stash­ing it away. The po­lice were called and were di­rected to the area where they found and re­trieved the bird. The footage was passed to the po­lice and the out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is awaited.

With the footage shot and re­leased on Satur­day too by the Com­mit­tee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) of the il­le­gal shoot­ing of yet an­other Honey Buz­zard (Kuċċarda) killed in Fawwara, bring­ing the to­tal of pro­tected birds shot down in one day to three and to 23 since the open­ing of this year’s hunt­ing sea­son.

With so many pro­tected birds known to have been shot down up to Satur­day, this is now one of the worst au­tumn hunt­ing sea­sons in re­cent past years. It is shame­ful that the gov­ern­ment re­mains a coward and does not find the courage to take any ac­tion, BirdLife said.

While BirdLife Malta wel­comes UN Pa­tron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh’s sup­port and CABS lat­est state­ment clearly in­di­cat­ing we have gone back to the years when en­force­ment was not ef­fec­tive, it re­peats its plea to the gov­ern­ment to sus­pend the hunt­ing sea­son im­me­di­ately.

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