“Law and order in Malta’s countryside inexistent,” states BirdLife Malta
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BirdLife Malta, has today stated that there is “a breakdown in the enforcement of environmental laws resulting in irreparable damage to the natural environment.”
The NGO said in a statement said that it noted Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s speech last Sunday 10th December on the need for law and order. “It is clear that the Prime Minister wishes to improve law and order but he fails to see the urgent need to enforce environmental laws,” said BLM.
“It is disheartening to see the Government place environment at the bottom of its priorities. As things stand, there is no enforcement in Malta’s countryside,” BirdLife Malta CEO Mark Sultana said.
He continued by saying that, “if we are to talk of law and order, then we should be aware that today the number of infringements occurring in the environment sector are too numerous to ignore.”
“To start with, one must mention the illegal occupation of land by trappers, land that is both public and private. Secondly, there is the widespread use of illegal artificial means of capture and thirdly the killing of protected species,” said Sultana.
BirdLife Malta insisted that “these illegalities must be stopped, however the police are taking almost no action and the Wild Birds Regulation Unit (WBRU) is sitting on its laurels only interested in defending the status quo.”
BirdLife Malta CEO Mark Sultana stated, “Birdlife Malta has been patient and cooperative with Government but the Prime Minister should be aware that there are thousands of Maltese people of different political beliefs that share one common belief that nature protection is seriously lacking and it is not a priority for Government or the Opposition.”
He concluded by saying that, “we have regressed when it comes to enforcing environmental laws, we welcome calls for law and order, but they should be extended to the environmental sector as well and considered a priority.”
Photos: A protected Meadow Pipit trapped in an unattended clap net at Ta’ Cenc found on 10th December: Photo by Nadja Tschovikov; and Aerial picture showing trapping sites on the cliffs at Ta’ Cenc: Photo by Paulo Lago Barreiro.