BirdLife receives 2 shot protected birds, including a Marsh Harrier
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BirdLife Malta said that it has received another two illegally shot protected birds, including the first bird of prey of the season – a Marsh Harrier – which was shot this morning, and is calling on the Government, “to intervene and stop this massacre.”
The NGO, in a statement said that, “an examination by the vet showed that due to the injuries sustained to its left wing, the bird would have never been able to fly again and it had to be euthanised.
It added that, “another European Bee-eater was recovered yesterday from Marsaskala and today’s Marsh Harrier, which was found by a cyclist on the road between Mgarr and Ghajn Tuffieha, brings the total number of known shot protected birds this autumn hunting season to six, and the season has only been open for 10 days.”
Before today’s Marsh Harrier, since the start of the season BirdLife said that it has recovered three European Bee-eaters, a Grey Heron and a Night Heron.
“Although this is the first raptor to be received by BirdLife Malta this season, these numbers are just an indication of the number of birds being shot illegally during the hunting season,” it said.
According to BirdLife, “another bird of prey was in fact reported to the police having been shot down in Saqqajja this morning.”
“The fact that we have received a raptor this weekend does not bode well for the expected peak in the migration of raptors expected in the coming weeks,” remarked the NGO.
“We therefore call on Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Minister Josè Herrera and Parliamentary Secretary Clint Camilleri, to intervene and stop this massacre,” stated BirdLife.
BLM concluded by saying that it, “seriously hopes that the Government is not in any way considering reducing hunting fines…it should instead put more effort and show some serious commitment to protecting birds which are presently migrating over Malta.”
Photograph by BirdLife Malta