Protected Marsh Harrier is first casualty of spring hunting season
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BirdLife Malta has said that “barely a day has passed from the start of the 2017 spring hunting season and BirdLife Malta has already retrieved the first protected bird, which was certified shot by the veterinarian.”
The Organisation said that this morning a member of the public who contacted BirdLife Malta found this injured male Marsh Harrier in his field at Selmun. After BirdLife Malta attended to its rescue, the bird of prey was taken to the vet who confirmed it was shot and suffering from injuries to its right wing, it said.
“This goes to show that once again hunting seasons are a smoke screen for those who shoot protected birds,” said BLM.
BirdLife Malta has reiterated its call on the Government of Malta and on Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to close the hunting season.
BirdLife Malta concluded by saying that “while the spring hunting season should have never been opened, such illegalities should push the Government to close the season with immediate effect as it had done in the past in order to enable enforcement to do its job.”