POLL: Should Malta be allowed to trap and slaughter migratory birds?

Within a day of arriving on the Mediterranean island of Malta on their southbound migration last August, three of 18 white storks were shot and killed by poachers. Less than two weeks later, just one of the birds was left alive. By Aug. 29, 19 days since the flock arrived, all of the birds had […]

Read More

POLL: Should Malta be sanctioned for continuing to slaughter songbirds?

Malta has broken EU law by allowing the hunting and trapping of several finch species, the European court has ruled. The Mediterranean island will face potentially substantial fines unless it ends a derogation it introduced in 2014 allowing the songbirds to be captured. An estimated 110,000 finches have been caught by hunters since then, along […]

Read More

POLL: Should there be a moratorium on turtle dove hunting in Malta?

Malta should consider a temporary ban on the shooting of turtle doves which are being driven to extinction by hunting and other pressures, the EU’s environment chief has said. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) put turtledoves on its Red List of species threatened with extinction for the first time last October. […]

Read More

Maltese falcon makes a comeback

The return of the peregrine falcon to Malta, known to some as the “Maltese falcon”, has excited hopes that the iconic bird is making a comeback. At least one breeding pair was caught on film last week by a German-based NGO, Campaign Against Bird Slaughter (CABS), and according to local experts there may now be […]

Read More

POLL: Should spring hunting on Malta be stopped?

Fiona Burrows is the kind of activist that hunters in Malta love to hate. The Nottingham 30-year-old has been threatened, cursed at, and pushed around while doing the job she says she lives for: stealthily filming the illegal hunting of protected migratory birds and reporting perpetrators to the police. Burrows takes precautions – she always […]

Read More

Malta approves public referendum of bird hunt that kills over 15,000

Malta’s Constitutional Court has upheld a public referendum to decide the fate of the country’s controversial spring bird hunt, which kills over ten thousand migrating birds every year. The Constitutional Court threw out objections by Malta’s powerful hunting lobby, and instead sided with the 11 conservation groups who organized the referendum, known as the Coalition […]

Read More

Malta – Massacre on Migration (Episode 6)

Chris Packham has been arrested by the Malta Police and has been in custody for more than 4 hours. Tonight’s episode has been postponed pending his release. Watch this space for the final episode in the series “Massacre on Migration”.   If you haven’t already voted, then we invite you to vote FOR or AGAINST […]

Read More

Malta – Massacre on Migration (Episode 5)

Today’s episode begins with a loud, violent confrontation between local hunters and the BirdLife Malta camera team. The hunters clearly do not like the spotlight on their hunting activities, and the police are quick to remove Chris Packham and the team from the area. CASH, the Campaign Against Spring Hunting, has generated more than 44,000 […]

Read More