Independent newspapers Times of Malta, Malta Today, The Malta Independent and Illum together with news portals Newsbook, The Shift News and Gozo.News have joined the call on Prime Minister Robert Abela not to open the spring hunting season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes within days after 10 eNGOs also supported BirdLife Malta’s claim in a unified message.
Amidst the COVID-19 crisis where all of society is asked to stay indoors unless exceptionally necessary, it is outrageous that the Government will be allowing thousands of hunters to go out to hunt in spring. Apart from the fact that spring hunting is unsustainable, the lack of the necessary resources to enforce such a derogation would only mean a massacre of protected birds. The eNGOs have urged the Government to recognise that the country is for everyone to enjoy and not just a group with narrow interests which is being constantly privileged.
The eNGOs which earlier this week had endorsed our call are:
- Nature Trust-FEE Malta
- Friends of the Earth Malta
- Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar (FAA)
- Greenhouse Malta
- Moviment Graffitti
- Bicycle Advocacy Group
- Din l-Art Ħelwa
- Futur Ambjent Wieħed
- Animal Liberation Malta
- Ramblers’ Association of Malta
Four independent newspapers and another three independent news portals have now joined this call by the eNGOs:
- Times of Malta
- Malta Today
- The Malta Independent
- The Shift News
Read the Maltese version of the press release here.