re: The fight against Malta's illegal bird hunt

Subject: re: The fight against Malta's illegal bird hunt
From: Mark Carter <>
Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 00:27:41 +0000 (GMT)
I'm really saddened to see that despite joining the EU with its supposedly 
strict rules on bird conservation Malta is still home to the mindless mass 
slaughter of migrant birdlife. I was there 10 years ago and it was horrific- 
everything from Harriers to tiny warblers were being blown apart by drunken 
hooligans with shotguns, nothing was safe. I vowed not to return until this 
butchering stopped. The laws in Malta against this 'hunting' are feeble and the 
enforcement is also weak and under-resourced: pressure is needed on the Maltese 
government to get them to take real action. I'm sure that if birders around the 
world wrote directly to their tourism promotion organisations to spell out 
exactly why we will be spending our dollars elsewhere then it will have an 
effect, especially in this economic climate. Money talks- lets get it talking 
for conservation for a change.
Anyone in the mood for helping out these migrant birds should consider emailing 
the goverment tourism orgs 'visit malta' and the 'maltese tourism authority' to 
spell out just why you are not spending your birding dollars on a trip there 
and instead will visit places which take conservation seriously:

More information on the illegal hunting and trapping of migratory birds on 
malta can be found on the Birdlife Malta website:
If joining a boycott is not to your liking then at least consider joining 
Birdlife Malta and supporting their hard work.

Mark Carter

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