Update: 4 White Storks shot down in Malta, 2 more are missing

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Hunter shoots down 3 protected White Storks in MaltaUpdate: BirdLife Malta on Saturday morning, said that it can now confirm that four storks have been witnessed being shot and and another two are missing, “possibly also having met the same fate.”  It said that the remaining 12 storks have this morning been observed in different areas.

On Friday afternoon, 18 protected White Storks visited the Maltese Islands, three of the storks were confirmed shot down in Malta on Friday, BLM said.

BirdLife Malta said that at one point a member of the public witnessed a hunter shooting down three of the storks. “Two were collected but when the hunter realised he was being watched he left the third one behind.”

The NGO said that they think the storks are probably the same flock that were photographed leaving Pozzallo in Sicily on Thursday before migrating to Malta. They were spotted on Friday in Gozo and then later on in Malta in Rabat and Mdina.

BirdLife Malta said that the Administrative Law Enforcement (ALE) police unit was informed and “due to the lace of available Police” the Inspector himself arrived on site to recover the remaining  dead bird of the three witnessed as shot down.

Rabat police officers were monitoring a smaller flock from these 18 that have rested in the limits of Zebbug.

BirdLife Malta is calling on the public to keep an eye out for this flock of stork on Saturday and to inform them and the Police if they suspect any illegal hunting of these protected birds.

Photograph by BirdLife Malta

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    8 Responses

    1. just an expat says:

      and STILL the hunting and trapping seasons are to be allowed – it is shameful. Malta should be ashamed and embarrassed by this blatant act of cruelty and total disregard of the law.

    2. george palmer says:

      I’m so pleased I left Malta and moved abroad. Malta is disgusting and full of ignorant people.There is no hope for these islands. Full of Neanderthals.

    3. anthony zammit says:

      We are also so pleased that you left Malta and moved abroad if you see the jewel in the Mediterranian as Disgusting and full of ignorant people. One finds every kind of people in any country. there are ignorant people, wealthy, smart, intelligent and also cowards who leave the island for personal reasons (secret) and like the fox blame it on the sour grapes.

    4. anthony zammit says:

      Full of Neanderthals. I assumed that by now the World had stopped using our ancestors The Neanderthals as a derogative especially after Ceico a car Insurance agency had to remove her catchy line ‘Switching to Geico is so easy that “even a cave man can do it.” Ceico stopped this add and you Mr. Palmer are still using the very intelligent and sophisticated Neanderthals to say that the Maltese are ignorant and savages as them. Who is the ignorant?
      The Neanderthals had the capacity for language and symbolic thought. Recent research on a Neanderthal hyoid bone, which is found in the neck and supports the tongue muscles, suggests that they had the physical capacity for language. Their brains were on average larger than those of fully modern humans, and research points toward new evidence for genuinely symbolic thought. Given the vagaries of archaeological preservation, we will never know the complete range of physical objects Neanderthals produced. By extension, it is highly unlikely we will ever fully understand their capacity for creating abstract thoughts and symbols.
      Michelangelo once said that he “saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” A Neanderthal flintknapper once saw a tool in flint and chipped until she set it free—less romantic perhaps but evolutionarily more important.

    5. dn mossop says:

      Fox hunting is not illegal,shooting Storks is.Having a Prime Minister who apparently
      has not done anything to stop illegal hunting does not help.

      • anthony zammit says:

        The Fox & the Grapes
        A Fox one day spied a beautiful bunch of ripe grapes hanging from a vine trained along the branches of a tree. The grapes seemed ready to burst with juice, and the Fox’s mouth watered as he gazed longingly at them.

        The bunch hung from a high branch, and the Fox had to jump for it. The first time he jumped he missed it by a long way. So he walked off a short distance and took a running leap at it, only to fall short once more. Again and again, he tried, but in vain.

        Now he sat down and looked at the grapes in disgust.

        “What a fool I am,” he said. “Here I am wearing myself out to get a bunch of sour grapes that are not worth gaping for.”

        And off he walked very, very scornfully.

    6. Jake says:

      I’m so glad I too left the islands and the neanderthals who shoot birds for ‘traditional sport’ behind me.

      • anthony zammit says:

        If you have a look at earlier World Sport you will be surprised what you find! But society had seen fit to stop or change it and in some cases removed it from ‘Traditional’ to ‘illegal’. I invite you to go to Spain and watch a Bull Fight. In Africa It was legal to hunt San (Bushmen) in southern Africa until 1936. Shooting was a Traditional sport in Malta but mentality changes and it will be stopped, yet it takes time.

        I smiled when you, like another commentator declared that YOU LEFT Malta BEHIND you. How can you leave something behind because it sickened you and still are concerned enough to read the newspapers! You physically left Malta because of an attitude something metaphysical which made you feel so sick that you packed up everything and distanced yourself from this Paradise so you will not see or hear anything which caused you so much concern and yet!!! Do like me, my friend; I stay away from my mother in law!

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