‘Yes’ campaign continue to deny the scientific evidence, says SHout

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'Yes' campaign continue to deny the scientific evidence, says SHoutThe Spring Hunting Out (SHout) campaign issued a statement this afternoon in response to the ‘Yes’ camp’s continued denial of the scientific evidence that turtle dove and quail are declining.

SHout campaign coordinator Romina Tolu said, “despite official reports from the Government and European institutions confirming that turtle dove and quail numbers are at an all time low, the yes camp are continuing to deny the scientific evidence simply because it doesn’t suit them.”

The report in question was compiled by the Government’s Wild Birds Regulation Unit on the conservation status of quail and turtle dove, the two species huntable in spring. It gives the most recent data on the two species quoting latest scientific evidence from European institutions, showing that their numbers are at all time low across Europe.

The report also shows that turtle dove numbers are continuing to decline, with a further decrease of 3% since 2012 bringing the total fall in their European population to 77% in 35 years, said SHout.

“Malta is the only country in the EU to shoot migrating turtle dove and quail on their way to breed in spring, whereas other countries in Europe are so concerned about turtle doves that they don’t allow them to be shot at any time of year.”

SHout spokesperson Mark Sultana said “It is beyond me how can they continue to lie and deceive the public on this issue. The facts are written in black and white in a government report – turtle dove and quail numbers are at an all time low across Europe. It doesn’t make sense to shoot these birds in spring when they are on their way to breed.”

Mark continued “The referendum is now 30 days away, vote ‘no’ on 11 April to end spring hunting forever.”

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