Chair­man of Or­nis Com­mit­tee re­mains silent on shoot­ing of 31 pro­tected birds – ‘I’m not go­ing to com­ment, sorry’

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Ju­lian Bon­nici

Profs. Mark An­thony Fal­zon re­fused to com­ment on the shoot­ing of 31 pro­tected birds since the start of the au­tumn hunt­ing sea­son.

Ac­cord­ing to state­ments by the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter in Septem­ber, it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Or­nis Com­mit­tee to rec­om­mend a sus­pen­sion of the hunt­ing sea­son. After avoid­ing nu­mer­ous at­tempts by The Malta

In­de­pen­dent, Prof. Fal­zon fi­nally

de­clined to com­ment on the is­sue.

When re­minded of his duty as the Chair­man of said com­mit­tee, Profs. Fal­zon sim­ply replied: “I do re­alise this but I’m not go­ing to com­ment.”

CEO of BirdLife Malta Mark Sul­tana, when con­tacted by The

Malta In­de­pen­dent, said that this “proves the huge in­er­tia from the gov­ern­ment authorities to take ac­tion of the is­sue”.

Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Muscat has sus­pended the hunt­ing sea­son twice be­fore in two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions with­out any for­mal rec­om­men­da­tion by the Or­nis Com­mit­tee. How­ever, even in a sea­son which has al­ready seen at least 31 cases of pro­tected birds be­ing shot, the prime min­is­ter has re­mained silent. Speak­ing to The Malta In­de­pen­dent in Septem­ber Mr Sul­tana said that he was “sur­prised to see the dif­fer­ence be­tween the prime min­is­ter’s im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion two years ago, and the lack of ac­tion now,” and sug­gested that Dr Muscat was “sim­ply pass­ing the buck to some­one else and try­ing to waste time.

I do re­alise this but I’m not go­ing to com­ment

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