Media: The fight against Malta's illegal bird hunt (bbc)

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Subject: Media: The fight against Malta's illegal bird hunt (bbc)
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Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2009 12:32:40 +1100

The fight against Malta's illegal bird hunt

Malta is an important way-point for birds migrating between Europe and
Africa. But the spring and autumn migrations attract illegal hunters, who
pick off the birds as they fly overhead. There has been a huge rise in
illegal hunting in recent years, prompting conservationist group BirdLife
Malta to set up camps to deter illegal hunters. Volunteer Steve Butler
reports on his experiences at this year's camp.

It's 0545 and I am sitting on the edge of a cliff overlooking a valley at
Mtahleb with my team of fellow volunteers, waiting for the sun to rise.

I strain my eyes to distinguish the figures moving around in the darkness of
the surrounding countryside.

As we listen to the dogs barking and the sound of gunshots echoing around
the hills, we wonder how the hunters can see the birds at this hour, never
mind shoot them.

(more at link)


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