Malta – Massacre on Migration (Episode 3)

Malta – Massacre on Migration (Episode 3)

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Over the Easter week-end Chris Packham and the team visited two public recreational areas on where families with children were camping. Unfortunately both public areas were also occupied by scores of hunters, who had complained to the police that the campers were disturbing their hunting. The police arrived at 06:30 and demonstrated sympathy for the hunters by removing the campers.

One man who has seen more than his fair share of tension is Raymond Vella. His nature reserve has been vandalized several time by hunters, and he has been shot twice by hunters. The first time he was shot in the face and had pellets lodged in the bridge of his nose. The second time he was shot in the side of the head. His farmhouse has also been burned down.

Birdwatchers’ cars have recently been set on fire and windows broken. Last week one of the BirdLife cars arrived at the nature reserve parking area early in the morning and narrowly missed driving over a spiked board designed to puncture car tyres.

Malta – Massacre on Migration (Episode 3)
shot in the neck by local hunters on Malta over the Easter week-end.

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.

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POLL: Should spring hunting on Malta be stopped?

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Ken Billington

Iain, your suspicions are correct. The proportion of traffic from Malta on Tuesday and Wednesday was in the range 30 to 50%. This probably explains why the "No" vote is so high. 71 comments have already been posted on the following link: https://focusingonwildlife.com/news/poll-should-spring-hunting-on-malta-be-stopped/

Ken Billington

The poll has been open since Tuesday, and readers are only allowed to register one vote. Is it possible that you already voted?

Dave Ladbrook
Dave Ladbrook

Re. the comment below: I was unable to register a vote against this slaughter… I assume that everything is as it should be in this regard? I hope my concerns are unfounded…

Iain Gibson

This is my third attempt to submit a comment, but they keep disappearing. Does this explain why there are no other comments? Chris Packham has to be admired for being prepared to stand up and be counted, and to express his concerns so passionately and articulately. However I'm suspicious that the vote seems to be affected by a counter-offensive by the hunting lobby. I suppose that's their democratic right!