Government welcomes agreement reached on new hunting legislation
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The Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights Roderick Galdes, said today that the Secretariat welcomed the agreement between BirdLife and the FKNK on new legislation for hunting and trapping announced by the Government.
The new regulations, which came into affect today, doubled the penalties for serious cases of crimes on birds, the Parliamentary Secretary said.
He added that this is the first time there has been a consensus between all parties on hunting and legislation,.
“The penalties are among the harshest in Europe,” the Parliamentary Secretary said. “With fines increased up to a maximum of €15,000, imprisonment between 6 months and for up to two years, the suspension of a hunting licence, as well as confiscation of firearms and recommendation for community service.”
The Parliamentary Secretary concluded by saying that following the change in Government, 600 cases were found to be pending at the Court on issues of hunting and trapping, this was why the Government sought to introduce fines, in order to reduce the burden on the Maltese Courts.