Government denies it is hiding any information on hunting
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Referring to the statement issued today by BirdLife Malta, the Secretariat for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights said this afternoon that it is “absolutely not true and is also misinformation saying that the Government is refusing to publish any figures on the derogation for the hunting of both species in the spring. “
It said that, “as BirdLife are well aware, the information required had to be collated from different entities, including the police and MEPA and it then given to the Ornis Committee.”
“It would be misleading to say that the Government is refusing to publish any figures as this implies that the government has something to hide,” the Secretariat said.
“Birdlife also knows that its members regularly attended meetings of the Derogation Monitoring Board, which was established for the first time by this Government to show its seriousness and responsibility on the subject, as well as attending meetings of the Ornis Committee, which publishes the figures. The Ornis Committee will issue these figures during the next meeting.”
The Secretariat concluded by saying, “The Government expects BirdLife to show responsibility and maturity when issuing its statements.”