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Old Saturday 26th May 2007, 13:32   #1
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Spring Hunting Malta

The Maltese government have made an announcement that Spring Hunting will continue in 2008 as per their election promise. The full story can be read at:-

http://www.maltastar.com/pages/msfullart.asp?an=12312

So much for Stavros Dimas the E U Commissioner being confident that Spring Hunting will cease for ever.

I hope I can rely on your continued support to stop the slaughter.

Thank you.

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Old Saturday 26th May 2007, 13:50   #2
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further reading from the same edition
http://www.maltastar.com/pages/msFullArt.asp?an=12374
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Old Saturday 26th May 2007, 15:56   #3
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Old Saturday 26th May 2007, 16:05   #4
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Old Saturday 26th May 2007, 22:42   #5
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Old Saturday 26th May 2007, 22:48   #6
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My e-mail of complaint this year was passed to a govt minister and that was it, no reply at all. My own protest is never to return to the island and to tell all of my friends (well, both of them) never to go. We need to hit them in the pocket, as ever.


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Old Sunday 27th May 2007, 06:46   #7
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Hi Folks,
Thanks for your support. Remember the government only stepped in after the devastation of the plantations and shooting the 100 or more rare birds at the same time. They had to be seen to do something or I like to think (trusting soul I am) that the E U would have acted and said "enough is enough" no more hunting ever. I have to believe the Commissioner and the EU Bird Directive, we have nothing else. Sorry I don't know how else to put that. I said the "ceasefire" was only temporary, sadly birds are still being shot daily with little action being taken. If it is now illegal why aren't they jailing and fining them, after all they did increase their penalties for "illegal hunting".

I for one won't be giving up and have again written to Dimas, I may not get answers but I will keep writing he has got to act one day, many EU citizens have had enough and I thought in a democracy (ha ha do we have one) majority rules. I know I am still naive but I believe in the laws, without them we have anarchy "go do what you like".

Sorry, you all know how I feel and I am doing all I can think of that is legal.

Rant over sorry.

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Old Monday 28th May 2007, 02:10   #8
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Don't apologise Ann, you're only voicing the opinions - frustrations too of us all. They make me positively sick to the stomach and how the blazes anyone can do that without their consciences being pricked I'll never know! Wouldn't it be good if we could arm the Birds though, what a thought eh!!!

We'll never give up Ann!

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Old Monday 28th May 2007, 06:52   #9
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Thanks Sue,

"Bird bombers" sounds a very good idea with modern technology laiser weapons are a possibility. Must get in touch with BAE or other weapons manufacturers.

Seriously I hope you are having a good weekend, the weather is dreadul but plenty of birds feeding at last.

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Old Tuesday 29th May 2007, 17:14   #10
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"But Simon Busuttil was categorical also on his personal electoral pledges saying that clearly he was elected on the PN’s ballot with a clear promise to retain spring hunting."

I don't get it - if curtailing the hunting this year was a "vote-catching" decision, how was he elected on such pledges? And does he renew his "pledge" every year?

Am trying to get a feel for how the electorate in Malta feels about the whole thing.
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Old Tuesday 29th May 2007, 20:09   #11
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Sorry about the bad news A Chaplin. If you are committed to this cause, then maybe you should try IFAW. (International Fund for Animal Welfare) They have the resources to inform and mediate international animal welfare concerns, and there's a local chapter in the UK you can contact. If they take this issue on, you can let us know when to lend a supporting hand.
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Old Wednesday 30th May 2007, 11:48   #12
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Hi Pianoman,

What the Maltese government is unwisely doing is to try to please both the environmentalists and the hunters, which is like trying to do a balancing act in gale force winds, in the hope of not upsetting both sides as much as possible at least until elections next year.

The end result is that he is losing face with both, including the general neutral public about such indecisiveness.

Another case in point is the rumour that in the new National Park, he wants all interested environmental stakeholders to have a say in it, again to please both. That is both environmental NGOs and hunters. This means that hunters may be able to hunt in a National Park!!??

Now can you imagine serious environmental NGOs working with irresponsible hunters?? I can't..
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Old Wednesday 30th May 2007, 11:56   #13
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Just a thought ... rather than boycotting the island, how about organising a mass twitch. If every birder who goes to Mallorca, Lesvos and other Mediterranean destinations all descended on Malta next spring there'd be no room for the hunters.
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Thanks Zeebow for clearing that up. Nick, nice idea but I could see that ending in tears!
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Old Wednesday 30th May 2007, 21:06   #15
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Hi,

Thanks for the contact I will look into it. I am heavily committed to this cause I always envied birds their freedom to fly where they want until I heard about Malta and joined Proact who are involved in the campaign to stop the slaughter too.

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Old Wednesday 30th May 2007, 21:38   #16
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Smile Malta's shame

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Thanks for the contact I will look into it. I am heavily committed to this cause I always envied birds their freedom to fly where they want until I heard about Malta and joined Proact who are involved in the campaign to stop the slaughter too.

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I tell everyone why I won't consider going to Malta on holiday, and encourage them to think carefully before booking their holiday in the sun - anywhere but the George Cross island - shame on it. Perhaps this honour ought to be withdrawn?
I wrote to my MEP about the French slaughter in the Auvergne, using stone traps.........it came to precious little with a very defensive stance by the EU.
Typical!! If there are any petitions to sign Ann, count us in - Leonard is equally interested in trying to stop this mass slaughter.
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Old Wednesday 30th May 2007, 22:20   #17
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Perhaps the joint effort can change some minds. I wish you luck.
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Old Thursday 31st May 2007, 08:16   #18
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A chance to do something really worthwile for the birds... details of BirdlifeMalta's Raptorcamp coming up soon. Watch this space... i'll keep you posted.
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Please do PandionMtl, can't wait to be honest as anything's better than nothing.

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Details of this year's Raptorcamp in Malta are now available on birdlifemalta's website. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries. This is truly a chance for who wants to really do something regarding illegal hunting in Malta... especially the killing of birds of prey.

More info at

http://www.birdlifemalta.org/conserv...s/raptor_camp/
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Grrrr. I've been wanting to go to Malta to see the old trucks they still use as well as enjoy the history. It's been off my list for a while because of the hunting and, sadly, it won't be going back on. Hope the hunters buy defective shells.
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Say Pandionmlt - Have you posted raptor camp in international wildlife internship websites? Here's an example site below. You will probably find students who are interested in taking up the cause and having the time to commit to a project like this.
http://www.internabroad.com/listings...terntypeID/103
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10x ayasuda, i have done so now. Any similar suggestions, anyone pls?
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PandionMlt - If you have a ready made flyer, I'll post and forward the opportunity to other apporpriate institutions if you like.
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