Your letters are working

Subject: Your letters are working
From: "david camilleri" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 12:30:58 -0500
Dear Supporters:

Your letters to the people of Malta have an impact. Please keep them coming.

Malta Tourism Authority and Malta Hotels & Restaurant Association are concerned about the bird killing by the Maltese barbarians and the Malta tourist industry which employ thousands of these hunters.

Your letters are being heard and resonate with the persons in government.

Take a moment and read about the news and the readers letters. Please scroll down.

Thanks and Cheers,


Tuesday, January 29, 2002


by Andy Harmer, Cheshire, UK.

I go on a birding holiday every year.

I would come to Malta if it were not for the barbarism and backwardness of the
island in allowing such wholesale slaughter of wildlife, especially birds.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Bad publicity

by Michael Fitzgibbons, Sheffield, UK.

When will you, the people and government of Malta do something about the tragic and very public slaying of eight mute swans in front of innocent children and

My disgust of the barbaric extent to which hunters in Malta will go, knows no

This is a particularly brutal and unnecessary killing that requires severe
penalties, including custodial sentences for illegal hunting and trapping.

Such bad publicity will hit tourism long and hard, the only remedy to this will be to be seen on the international public stage applying "Draconian measures" to
control firearms.

The newspaper, radio, internet and television coverage throughout Europe of this barbaric act has done even more damage to the already tarnished image that Malta
has gained in the tourists' mind over the last few years.
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MTA deplores killing of swans

Staff Reporter

The Malta Tourism Authority said in a statement it deplores the recent killing in broad daylight of several swans by irresponsible hunters in St Thomas Bay, Marsascala and this in the presence of Maltese and visitors.

The killing of protected species creates a negative image of Malta, depletes Malta?s natural environment and could also discourage tourists from visiting our islands. This message must be repeated loud and clear particularly in a year dedicated to eco-tourism and to the appreciation of our natural environment. The MTA urges the competent authorities to intensify environmental law enforcement and prosecute all those found in breach of the law. The MTA urges all law abiding hunters and trappers to act responsibly, abide by the law and interact positively with tourists who frequent our countryside and coastal areas.

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Web posted on January 29, 2002 at 09:00:00 CET

Bird killing and tourism

Staff Reporter

The Malta Hotels & Restaurant Association would like to congratulate the Police and other authorities for taking immediate action in relation to the recent killing of the swans at St Thomas Bay.

Whilst one should not exaggerate the impact such condemnable acts have on tourism in Malta, there is no doubt that an impact it does have. Clearly such acts are of detriment to the tourism industry ? and thus to the employees in hotels/restaurants, to the owners and to those who derive a benefit from this industry. The eco lobby is today a worldwide reality and it is in the interest of one and all in Malta to ensure that such a lobby ? and their touristic trade ? considers Malta as a friendly country. The MHRA recommends vigilant widespread policing, auto discipline and educational programming by the hunting associations; more rigorous tests and assessments when issuing licences ? and indeed upon periodical renewals; and speedy conclusion of criminal proceedings with more severe charges where applicable (e.g. disturbance of public peace) and with harsher penalties ? including deprivation of personal liberty (rather than simple confiscation of guns and killed birds ? which latter after all do not even appertain to the shooters).

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Tuesday, January 29, 2002

What a shame!

by Aida Ascic-Grech, Malta

It broke my heart to learn of the sad story of those beautiful God's creatures, which ended up being slaughtered for no reason instead of being taken care of
and protected.

Is there anyone on this island who cares for something good? It seems to me most
people here care for nothing but money and so long as they have material
possessions such as fancy cars and clothes then anything else doesn't matter.

I remember being asked hundreds of times by tourists, when I used to work as a tourist guide, do birds in Malta exist at all? They were surprised not seeing
birds around, comparing Malta to the other Mediterranean countries. At those
times, I felt so embarrassed and when I told them the truth they would look at
me in disbelief!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Are they sincere?

by M. Cassar, Malta

The reaction to the atrocious swan massacre has been universal, to the extent that even the two main political parties have condemned the detestable act. It would be interesting to find out whether this stand signifies a change of heart
and direction of the parties.

It may not be amiss to remind readers that prior to the 1996 elections Labour
wooed hunters by promising to slacken the hunting laws.

It went on to win the election and immediately kept its promise. The
Nationalists denounced such tactics. Hardly had that criticism faded away than another - premature - election loomed up after a mere 22 months. This time round the Nationalists had no qualms about promising hunters that if any changes to the (already weakened) hunting laws were to be effected, this would never be to the hunters' detriment. True to its promise, the Nationalist Party on assuming
power granted further concessions to hunters.

Indeed, both parties have accommodated hunters. Apart from the fact that the
enforcement of the less-than-stringent laws leaves a lot to be desired, may one ask why the Mizieb woodland is allowed to be under the control of the hunting
fraternity during the hunting season.

I still have my niggling doubts as to whether the two parties are being sincere
in their condemnation of the swan massacre.

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david camilleri

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