BirdLife Malta launches new stoptrappingnow campaign
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BirdLife Malta has today launched the campaign #STOPTRAPPINGNOW with the objective it said, “of explaining more about trapping to the general public and raising awareness about the several impacts of finch trapping on the birds, their habitat and the Maltese environment in general.”
The NGO explained that, “we are now very close to having the final verdict from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the court case initiated by the European Commission against Malta on the trapping of seven species of wild finches.”
BirdLife said that “in July 2017 ECJ Advocate General Eleanor V. E. Sharpston delivered her Opinion in regard to the Infringement Proceedings, which on 24th September 2015 resulted in Malta being referred to the Court of Justice of the EU over the Maltese Government’s decision to allow the trapping of seven species of wild finches on Maltese territory as of 2014.”
The practice was reintroduced four years ago after it was banned in 2009 in line with the EU Accession Treaty. Finch Trapping is illegal across the European Union under the EU Birds’ Directive.
The seven types of finches are: Linnet, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Siskin, Hawfinch, Chaffinch and Serin.
The final decision in this pending ECJ court case is now imminent, said BirdLife.