ORNIS Chairman forced to suspend Committee meeting
BirdLife Malta is shocked at the aggressive attitude and physical attack by the Federation for Hunting and Conservation’s CEO Lino Farrugia following an argument with top government official and head of the Wild Birds Regulation Unit (WBRU) Richard Lia earlier today during an ORNIS Committee meeting. This led to the Committee Chairman having to suspend the meeting.
BirdLife Malta CEO Mark Sultana stated: “While we want to show our solidarity with Mr. Lia, we cannot understand how in this day and age we still have the FKNK lobby led by people who would resort to physical abuse to get what they want. This is unacceptable. We have written to the Ministers concerned requesting immediate action and to suspend Mr. Farrugia once and for all from the ORNIS Committee.
We ask this in order to have collective support towards Mr. Lia while sending a clear message that such actions are not acceptable anymore in society, let alone in government-appointed bodies. We also ask this for the safety and serenity of all the other members of the Committee, including those of BirdLife Malta who deserve to feel safe in such meetings. One can debate arguments in a civil manner but resorting to physical abuse is not to be accepted and needs to be deplored by all.”
Read the Maltese version of the press release here.