AD expressed its “sense of relief over hunters change of heart”
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Following a call by both Kaccaturi San Ubertu and FKNK for a moratorium on turtle dove hunting, Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party expressed its "sense of relief following the hunters' change of heart."
'Sustainability is a key factor in nature protection including in conservation of bird species," said AD. "Shooting down birds on their way to breed is already unjustified on its own merits let alone when same species of birds killed is dwindling in numbers and turtle dove hunting is a case in point."
AD added that it has always opposed spring hunting to the extent of calling for a referendum on said grounds. "Quails and particularly turtle doves are both experiencing decline in numbers as confirmed through scientific data including reports by the EU."
"It is a pity that the hunters opposed us and environmental NGOs on the issue for so many years and took so long to come to terms with this reality and that both PN and PL supported such an unsustainable practice," said Simon Galea, AD spokesperson for Animal Welfare and Agriculture.