Flamingos shot as they fly out of Ghadira Nature Reserve – BLM

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Flamingos flying out of Ghadira Nature Reserve shot BirdLife Malta asks hunters to be respectful and law-abiding  During the past 12 months, the Greater Flamingos at BirdLife Malta’s Ghadira Nature Reserve were amongst the most popular birds enjoyed by the thousands of school children, families and tourists that visited the reserve. Up till last Sunday, when we held our annual open day to celebrate the reopening of the reserves after the summer break as from this weekend, the public flocked to Ghadira to see the ten flamingos presently at the nature reserve.  Yesterday, however, one flamingo was shot while another disappeared when a flock of three flew out of the reserve. A few minutes later only two returned with one clearly displaying a gunshot injury to its neck. In a year to be labelled as the worst year for the illegal hunting of protected birds in the past six years, this incident just proves the sad reality that illegal hunting in Malta and Gozo is rampant.  . BirdLife Malta will continue working with all stakeholders including the Police, the Government and the hunting lobby itself to reach this aim, whilst calling on the Government to set up a Wildlife Crime Unit to seriously focus solely on wildlife crime.Yesterday three Greater Flamingos from the flock presently at BirdLife Malta’s Ghadira Nature Reserve flew out of the reserve. “A few minutes later only two of them returned, with one of them displaying a gunshot injury to its neck,” said BirdLife. “The other flamingo disappeared and has not returned.”

In a statement BirdLife Malta said that, up until last Sunday, when it held the annual open day to celebrate the reopening of the reserves after the summer break, the public were flocking to Ghadira to see and enjoy the ten flamingos at the nature reserve.

Flamingos flying out of Ghadira Nature Reserve shot BirdLife Malta asks hunters to be respectful and law-abiding  During the past 12 months, the Greater Flamingos at BirdLife Malta’s Ghadira Nature Reserve were amongst the most popular birds enjoyed by the thousands of school children, families and tourists that visited the reserve. Up till last Sunday, when we held our annual open day to celebrate the reopening of the reserves after the summer break as from this weekend, the public flocked to Ghadira to see the ten flamingos presently at the nature reserve.  Yesterday, however, one flamingo was shot while another disappeared when a flock of three flew out of the reserve. A few minutes later only two returned with one clearly displaying a gunshot injury to its neck. In a year to be labelled as the worst year for the illegal hunting of protected birds in the past six years, this incident just proves the sad reality that illegal hunting in Malta and Gozo is rampant.  . BirdLife Malta will continue working with all stakeholders including the Police, the Government and the hunting lobby itself to reach this aim, whilst calling on the Government to set up a Wildlife Crime Unit to seriously focus solely on wildlife crime.The NGO stated that, “in a year to be labelled as the worst year for the illegal hunting of protected birds in the past six years, this incident clearly proves the sad reality that illegal hunting in Malta and Gozo is rampant.”

The uniqueness of these birds, complemented by their elegance left many in awe of their beauty, BLM said, “especially after the public began to understand the way they feed and get their pink colour, whilst also learning about their migration. All these added to the appreciation of nature’s beauty.”

“It is disheartening to know that people who are being given the privilege to go out in the countryside with loaded shotguns for their enjoyment can yet be disrespectful towards society,” stated BirdLife Malta CEO Mark Sultana.

He added, “we are aware that many hunters would deplore this incident and also the many illegal hunting going on, yet it is time for the hunting lobby to get rid of these people once and for all.”

Sultana concluded by saying that, “BirdLife Malta will continue working with all stakeholders including the Police, the Government and the hunting lobby itself to reach this aim, whilst calling on the Government to set up a Wildlife Crime Unit to seriously focus solely on wildlife crime.”

Photos by BirdLife Malta: One of two flamingos which returned to the reserve, with blood on its neck and The gunshot injury.

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    5 Responses

    1. d n mossop says:

      What is the matter with these people,if its pink and flies its a Flamingo,what don’t they understand..

    2. Jake says:

      Just don’t visit Gozo or Malta. Object to this massacre with your tourist €’s.

    3. d n mossop says:

      Have lived here since 1988 ,instead of getting better its a lot worse.People need to understand that if they carry on like this there will be no bid life left.

    4. George Palmer says:

      This is disgusting and made even more so by the fact that the Maltese government support these savages.

    5. james duxbury says:

      a sad state of affairs , bring back the birch .

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