Hunters' Blackmail in the EU

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Subject: Hunters' Blackmail in the EU
From: "david camilleri" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 18:51:17 -0400
Alternattiva Demokratika-The Green Party
Nifs gdid-Nifs nadif
149,Archbishop street,
Tel No :21255330


    Alternattiva Demokratika strongly condemns the agreement which the Maltese government has negotiated with the EU regarding hunting and trapping in Malta.  According to this agreement negotiated, the present spring hunting season would be retained and turtle doves and quails would still be able to be hunted in Spring in Malta.  As reagrds  trapping, this would also continue in spring and trapping for seven different species of songbird, together with  turtle dove, quail and golden plover would be allowed.

    Prof. Arnold Cassola, AD spokesperson on EU Affairs, said: "It is totally unacceptable that the Maltese government has given in to the pressure of the Maltese hunting lobby and has spent a good part of its time and energy to negotiate concessions for Maltese hunters in order to enable them to keep on hunting in spring.  This is something absolutely appalling".

    Prof . Cassola continued: "As a result of the Maltese hunters' blackmail and of the Maltese government's willingness -together with the Malta Labour Party- to accept the blackmail, there will be two kinds of victims.  The first are the ten different species of birds that will be brutally shot down or trapped in Spring during the nesting period.  The second will be the majority of the Maltese population, who will continue to be selfishly deprived by the hunting community of the already limited open spaces and countryside available in our country. 

    Moreover, to add insult to injury the Maltese government has gone out of its way to ensure that the European Union would accept that such barbarous activities as hunting at sea three kilometres away from the Maltese shore, would be allowed to continue".

    Prof. Cassola concluded by saying that Alternattiva Demokratika, through its activities in Malta and in the European Parliament, would continue to pursue the interests of the majority of the Maltese people in order to ensure that hunting in spring would be abolsihed in Malta.  Such commitment will be enshrined in the Electoral Manifesto which Alternattiva Demokratika is drawing up at the moment.  
Mark Causon
Administrative secretary
Alternattiva Demokratika-The Green Party  
Nifs Gdid, Nifs Nadif
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