Discussions held in the past few days between BirdLife Malta, the Federation for Hunting and Conservation – Malta (FKNK) and Kaċċaturi San Ubertu (KSU) have led to an agreed collaboration in relation to the adequate feeding of the Mute Swans in Gozo.
The Mute Swans had been visited and assessed by the WBRU’s (Wild Birds Regulation Unit) appointed veterinarian Dr Kovacs who declared a feeding protocol which will now be taken care of by the three entities. The feeding will be reduced after a while in order to stimulate the swans to continue migrating.
This collaboration came about by focusing on the common ground that these birds needed help and that all entities cared for their wellbeing. The FKNK also managed to attract a sponsor for most of the food from Good Earth Distributors Ltd. of Burmarrad.
Mark Sultana, BirdLife Malta CEO, stated: “Hunting and environmental organisations do not agree on certain values, however, we have to realise that there are a number of issues which we agree upon. In these cases we should work together for the benefit of the common good of our country’s natural environment.”
FKNK CEO, Lino Farrugia added: “Be it carried out by whoever, no-one can term any good act as wrong, and this is a worthy act towards the conservation of the natural environment that deserves praise. On behalf of the FKNK I would also like to appeal for prudence from anyone who may visit the swans, both in the best interest of the birds’ welfare and to prevent any damage to be caused in the fields of the area’s surroundings at the respective landowners’ expense.”
From KSU, President Mark Mifsud Bonnici stated: “We laud the change in Birdlife Malta’s mentality and trust that their willingness to see cooperation with hunting organisations will surface on each opportunity to do so. With the Wild Birds Regulation Unit acting as an intermediary, I am sure anyone’s efforts towards conservation will get the deserved acknowledgement and coverage and commend their initiative.”
Read the Maltese version of the press release here. You can also click here to watch the footage of the first joint feeding of the Mute Swans carried out this morning by BirdLife Malta, the FKNK and KSU.