Conservationists slam Malta over bird hunting during COVID-19 lockdown

Conservationists slam Malta over bird hunting during COVID-19 lockdown

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Bird conservation groups are outraged the spring hunting season in is being opened despite the lockdown.

The Maltese islands are a resting point for crossing the Mediterranean.

Quail kill © Lars Soerink

Birdlife Malta sent Euronews pictures of a marsh harrier bird of prey, which they say has been shot illegally during this year’s three-week week spring hunting season.

Malta is allowing to embark on quail hunts despite the lockdowns.

“When it comes to hunting and , government bend forwards, backwards, sideways, just like a jumping jack box in the hands of the hunting lobby,” said Mark Sultana, chief executive of Birdlife Malta.

“It is incredible how governments in the past and even the ones we have today are spineless.”

The Maltese government says that because people hunt alone in the field, the activity can go ahead at this time but hunters over the age of 65 are having their licenses withheld to keep them at home.

In 2015, the people of Malta voted narrowly in favour of allowing the spring hunting season despite the risk to migratory birds.

Hunters insist that they follow the rules laid out by the government.

“Hunting in spring in Malta is taking place under the strict criteria or the EU birds directive and in accordance with national law and you will never have as much enforcement anywhere in Europe,” said Dr David Scallan, secretary-general at the European Federation for Hunting and Conservation.

This article was first published by Euronews on 16 April 2020.

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Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Birds are God’s angels on earth.murdering them is a crime against Mother Earth herself


Janet, I support your every word. I resent the fact that these morons are breathing our precious air and drinking our water. Shooting innocent birds that can’t shoot back doubtless makes them feel more manly!! You’re not manly – you’re barbaric wimps!!

Janet Kenedy


Janet Kenedy

What the “F” is wrong with people in this world!!??. Quails are so cute and great little parents, and their sweetest call to their young when looking for them through tall grasses. Why are these “S**t for Brains not dead from this Pandemic!!!???. Innocent Little Beings shot with a gun for what? it’s feathers!!!!??. #$%&**^$#!!!!