Malta – Massacre on Migration (Episode 2)

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The second episode of Chris Packham’s documentary “Malta – Massacre on Migration” opens on the cliffs at dawn.

Apparently there are 384 bird species to be found on Malta.

The videoclip includes stunning shots of Montagu’s Harriers circling on the outskirts of Gozo preparing to roost for the night, reports of “lamping” taking place using torches mounted on shotguns, two encounters with groups of police and the illegal shooting of a .

Chris and his team started the day at at 04:30 am viewing Montagus Harriers, Pallid Harriers, and Marsh Harriers. Just after dawn they came across a cooperative group of 10 police officers.

Apparently a hunter had just been caught hunting the harriers and his gun and ammunition had been confiscated. According to the police spokesman, the hunter would subsequently be prosecuted.

Another patrol a little further away discovered a Little , which had just been shot and retrieved by a gun dog. The police were informed but only showed up after more than an hour and were less than cooperative.

The situation took an unexpected turn because the police apparently didn’t like being filmed. Rupert Masefield, BirdLife Malta’s Communication Officer was subsequently arrested and taken into custody!

If you haven’t already voted, then we invite you to vote FOR or AGAINST a complete ban on the spring hunting of migrating birds on Malta.  Please vote and also leave your comments at the bottom of this page.

POLL: Should spring hunting on Malta be stopped?

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Information about the project and a template letter to send to your MEP can be found at:

http://www.chrispackham.co.uk

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POLL: Should spring hunting on Malta be stopped?

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Beverly Sutton Lawrence

I can only hope that those reading this : “… we invite you to vote FOR or AGAINST a complete ban on the spring hunting of migrating birds on Malta.” have been confused by what might be a misunderstanding of the wording of the invitation to vote … what you’re actually inviting people to do is vote … by suggesting they can vote for OR against, you might be confusing those who either read too quickly, or don’t follow that you’re leaving the choice to them; thus, they might be under the mistaken impression that a vote either way is… Read more »

Ger Fisk

This practice of hunting is sickening. Please vote against it.

Dermot McCabe

53% for a ban and 47%against?????. Is the Maltese hunting fraternity organising a pro hunting vote?

Tamara Vicenzetto

Boycott tourism in Malta as a sign of disapproval!

Giorgio Paesani

This is not “Europe”.

William Francis Clive Herring

They aren´t even `their´ birds – these are passage birds, migrants, going to other countries further north to breed.

Stein Nilsen

Obviously they have not heard of Flyway Conservation, birds shall be protected wherever they go during their migration and breeding – stop-over sites, breeding sites, wintering sites! Shooting an animal they don’t even think of eating or utilize is pure killing and not a sport of any kind! It doesn’t take much craftsmanship to point a gun to a weakend bird on a long flight to kill it – what is the point..

Beverly Sutton Lawrence

I can only hope that those reading this : "… we invite you to vote FOR or AGAINST a complete ban on the spring hunting of migrating birds on Malta." have been confused by what might be a misunderstanding of the wording of the invitation to vote … what you're actually inviting people to do is vote … by suggesting they can vote for OR against, you might be confusing those who either read too quickly, or don't follow that you're leaving the choice to them; thus, they might be under the mistaken impression that a vote either way is… Read more »

Ger Fisk

This practice of hunting is sickening. Please vote against it.

Dionisio Paniagua

We are in 2014, there are countless species that have become extinct due to habitat loss and human pollution, the ecological disasters that have become worldwide can not be repaired, there is no excuse to plead ignorance. Our generation has the responsibility to preserve for future generations. This bird slaughter has to stop. Birds not only belong to Malta they belong to many countries in Europe and Africa.

Dermot McCabe

53% for a ban and 47%against?????. Is the Maltese hunting fraternity organising a pro hunting vote?

Tamara Vicenzetto

Boycott tourism in Malta as a sign of disapproval!

William Francis Clive Herring

They aren´t even `their´ birds – these are passage birds, migrants, going to other countries further north to breed.

Avocet Nature Services

it’s disturbing that in a society that is supposed to be civilized, we still wantonly kill wildlife for no purpose other than sport and we sell endangered goods to please the egos of a few uncaring soles.

Giorgio Paesani

This is not "Europe".