Maltese bird slaughter petition

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Subject: Maltese bird slaughter petition
From: "Ricki Coughlan" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 07:04:15 +1100
G'day all

I received the following from another list, but I am certain that this will be of concern to you all. It's about the ongoing Neanderthal practice of shooting and trapping migratory birds on and around the island of Malta. It's another of those so-called "traditional hunting rights" issues. However, the traditional slingshots seem to no longer be in use. Rather, it's rifles, speedboats (yes, these nutters race about on the water blasting birds out of the air) and sophisticated traps.
Malta, a member of the European Union, is on an important migration corridor for a number of passerine as well as non-passerine species which cross the Mediterranean Sea from Africa each year, before dispersing across Europe and Eurasia. The petition is aimed at the EU Commissioner for the Environment, Commissioner Dimas, with the view of requesting he take a stronger and more proactive stance on Malta's attempts to relax or curtail bird protection laws. If the EU caves in to Malta, Italy, Spain and Greece are certain to demand that they too pursue their traditional unsustainable bird kills (as if "tradition" is a logical reason to continue any activity).

It only takes a few moments to add your name to this global effort. The top link is a view of a letter (similar to the petition), which you can send independantly, and lower link takes you to the petition itself.
Happy Petitioning
Ricki Coughlan
Sydney, Australia

1. Please support the campaign by sending EU Environment Commissioner
Dimas the text provided at:

2. You can, in addition, add your name to the online petition at

which will later be sent to Mr Dimas in printed form.

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