Malta Action Letter to the President of Malta de Marco

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Subject: Malta Action Letter to the President of Malta de Marco
From: "david camilleri" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2001 08:44:06 -0400
The Malta campaign continues.

Please send the sample letter below to the President of Malta Prof. Guido de Marco
or if you wish compose one for yourself.

Postage is regular air mail to Europe.

_________ CUT, PASTE AND PRINT FROM HERE__________

Prof. Guido de Marco
Office of the President
The Palace
Valetta CMR 02

Dear President Marco,

Whilst appreciating your countrys strong commitment to protecting Maltas natural heritage, it is clear to observant members of the international community that the efforts made by the administration and the executive organs are still half-hearted. Many of the uncivilized excesses carried out in the name of hunting are either tolerated, or a blind eye is turned by the responsible authorities. It is also clear that, as in other countries, conservation of natural resources has its price not least in raising public awareness and effectively training and equipping the police and other enforcement agencies.

Before your appointment as President in April 1999, you held a number of influential positions within the Maltese Government including that of Minister for Foreign Affairs. One of your first acts in this capacity was the submission of Maltas application for membership of the European Community in Brussels on July 16th, 1990. On the 11th September 1999 you presented Maltas request for the reactivation of its application for membership to the President of the European Union.

Sadly Malta lags well behind European targets in the environmental field. In its last regular report the EU Delegation to Malta wrote:

Since the last regular report, Malta has made very little progress in the area of environment.

No legislative progress can be reported concerning nature protection.

Malta is .. a party to the Bern Convention .. but has a reservation and exception under the convention in relation to the hunting season.

With regard to nature protection, most of the Community legislation has to be transposed, in particular the wild birds and the habitat directives.

It is also obvious to tourists, and increasingly to TV viewers and newspaper readers in the rest of Europe and elsewhere, that the biannual slaughter of migratory birds, as well as the trapping and caging of naturally free species, is an affront and a depletion of our joint European natural resources; and not just an internal matter for Malta alone.

Apart from the obvious long-term environmental consequences and losses for Malta and the rest of Europe, the Government and people of Malta should seriously consider the effect of the negative image projected by the barbaric behaviour of a minority and the economic and representation penalties that will inevitably follow. In the increasingly popular - and lucrative - field of Ecotourism Malta has acquired a bad name; and the inevitable sanctions will be self-imposed. Until a responsible environmental policy is implemented we will also discourage anyone in our domestic or business circle from planning a holiday in Malta. On the other hand we hope that active birdwatchers and environmentalists will travel to Malta during the migration season. Perhaps the presence of foreign environmentalists will have a salutary effect on the illegal hunters; provided the authorities ensure that no danger to life or limb ensues.

Mr President, we appeal to you to use the authority of your office to influence those in executive positions to put an end to practices which have no place in a modern, environmentally aware, society. This will involve the introduction of laws and regulations currently in force in the European Union; and provision of the means to publicise and enforce them.

I remain,

Yours sincerely,

Your Name and Address

____________________END HERE______________________
david camilleri

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