New spring hunting times add insult to injury, says AD

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New spring hunting times add insult to injury, says ADFollowing the announcement of the spring hunting season, Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party reaffirmed its position against spring hunting.

Simon Galea, spokesperson for Animal Rights and Agriculture said, “Although shooting of birds during the breeding season is totally unacceptable for obvious conservation reasons, consecutive governments in Malta have approved the killing of turtle doves and quails whose numbers are on the decline.

He added, “furthermore, year after year protected birds, mainly birds of prey, are killed as a result of the spring hunting season. It is offensive, to say the least, towards the general public to be deprived from enjoying nature. To add insult to injury, this year the massacre of more birds, including endangered ones, will even be carried out on Sundays and public holidays,”

AD Deputy Chairperson Carmel Cacopardo said, “Alternattiva Demokrattika reaffirms its commitment towards nature conservation and the right of the public to enjoy nature. Whilst AD together with a number of NGOs have embarked on a spring hunting referendum process, both PL and PN have preferred pandering to hunters’ sadistic interests.”

“AD will never give up this struggle both at national level and at EU level particularly if elected following next May’s EU parliament elections until such time that spring hunting is struck off Malta’s legislation once and for all,” concluded Carmel Cacopardo.

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