Sunday, August 11, 2002
< Flamingoes' shooting backs claims for more enforcement officers >
Two flamingoes were shot last Thursday close to St Thomas Bay in full view
group of young foreign English language students, BirdLife Malta said
The incident happened at around 2.30 p.m. when a group of Italian students
in the area and saw the three flamingoes standing in shallow water.
Suddenly they saw two hunters approach from land and shoot at them. While
the flamingoes managed to escape apparently unscathed, the other two were
One was still flapping its wings, injured, in a red-stained patch of
until the hunter walked to it and wrung its neck to kill it, BirdLife said.
The teenage students tried to scare the birds away to save them.
While condemning this killing, BirdLife Malta called on the authorities to
an immediate stop to these illegal hunting activities which continue even
throughout the closed shooting season.
"It is evident that a substantial number of hunters insist on hunting all
year round and are not able to control themselves", BirdLife said.
BirdLife Malta also called on the government to take concerted action to
the illegal hunting and trapping which is giving Malta a bad name and which
The organisation said it received several other reports of migrating
over the past week, including a flock of 16 which flew over Qawra Point
the afternoon on Wednesday flying towards L-Ahrax tal-Mellieha.
BirdLife Malta said it has information that Administrative Law Enforcement
police had noticed a flock of three flamingoes in the north of Malta, and
increased their watch for illegal hunters.
But since their resources are limited there was little they could do to
the illegal activities of hunters breaking the law in different parts of
BirdLife insisted that the current staff complement of ALE was not enough to
deal with breaches of the hunting law, let alone other environmental
It is evident that a full-time, well resourced ALE section is needed to cope
with the enormity of the situation, BirdLife added.
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