It's time that the official representatives of MALTA abroad heard our views. Cut and paste the letter below, or even better
compose your own in your own language, and send it to the nearest Malta Mission abroad - or indeed to all of them if you like
;-) Copy to proact (below) as usual please!
PROACT Coord has emailed to all addresses worldwide given below and
in the links.
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**DON'T FORGET to add your name and address please!**
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Ms Joanna Darmanin
Malta Mission Athens
Malta Mission Beijing Malta
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MAIL FOR PROACT
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Open letter to official representatives of Malta abroad
To the Representatives of Malta abroad
annual bird migration from their northern breeding areas to winter quarters is once again underway. Members of our organisation
will be attending the annual raptor camp on Malta in September and their experiences and impressions of the island and its
people will be recorded and published by Proact.
Over the past weeks and months we have received a flood
of mails and letters protesting against the slaughter of migratory birds on Malta. A selection is shown below. They are printed
unedited as they show vividly the strong and widespread personal disgust and frustration that the killing and trapping of
birds on the islands generates. Many others have written direct to the Maltese authorities and newspapers. It would be unwise
to underestimate the growing anger and disbelief that such practices are still tolerated in a civilised country. We leave
you to draw your own conclusions as to the effects that this has, and will continue to have, on Maltas image abroad and, inevitably,
the tourist economy.
Proact will continue to publicise such outrages until it becomes clear that a real
effort is being made by the government and its executive organs to put an end to the killing, trapping and imprisoning of
migrating birds. The seeming indifference to date over genuine expressions of concern from outside Malta does not augur well;
but we hope that commonsense, or even political calculation, will eventually prevail.
Please do not send
us acknowledgements that our letter has been sent to the appropriate authorities for their consideration. You can help your
economy by saving the postage costs. It is about time that the all of the Maltese people, and those who govern them, realise
that this matter concerns all of them and not just the civil servant or policeman who has to cope with the results of their
inaction, ignorance or disinterest.
* Name and Address *
Copies of this letter are being passed to the government ministries and departments, the press and conservation
organisations and will be published on the internet. Please inform the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the receipt of this
Letters to Proact (an unedited - selection)
I hereby offer my support to your organisation in an effort to stop the appalling slaughter of large numbers of migratory
birds as they pass through and over Malta.
Jerry Warne (UK)
I have heard of
your activities to combat the bird slaughter on malta; and experienced it myself last year.
On my return I wrote
to the Malta tourist Office in Frankfurt and the German EU Commissioner Guenther Verheugen.
Both assured me they
would concern themselves with the matter.
Rainer Mönig, Germany
your protest campaign against the annual spectacle of the Maltese migrating bird hunt. Even ignoring the fact that this is
a barbaric custom, it is extremely selfish, on a par with 'trophy hunters' of the past and has no place in the modern environment
today. It also provides no scientific information that is useful for the survival of the species - indeed,
the very act itself is highly likely to be jeopardising those populations whose individuals pass over these islands.
Dr. K. J. Caley, Zoologist / Marine Biologist, UK
Do human beings have
the right to kill birds without any valid reason? NO!!
Killing birds just for pleasure should be considered as
a morbid andbarbarian activity and shouldn't be tolerated by any government. Especially not by a government like the Maltese,
which would like to present their country as a modern community.
I fully support your organisation to stop the
slaughter of migrating birds in Malta.
Bert-Jan Luijendijk, Netherlands
put me into the Campaign. Best wishes and good luck with enough letters
Doz. Dr. sc. nat. Edwin Donath,
Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany
include me. I wrote years ago to the paper and the President re the slaughter....
Joan Thompson, UK
I'm supporting the protest against the barbaric bird slaughter on Malta! I hope the birds
fight back like in the Hitchkock movie!
Ulf Hedlund, Sweden
I'm horrified over the fact that you don't put an end to this awful behaviour! It's time that we start to treat the animals
with the same respect that we want for ourselves. They deserve nothing less!
Jeanette Holmgren, Sweden.
I fully agree with the content in your letters targeted at leading decision makers and opinion-formers
on Malta. I want my name under all of them.
Göran Mellbring, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery
My wife and I visited Malta in November 1999, and were disgusted by the trapping clap
nets we saw, the finches in cages as decoys and the shooting cabins all around the coast, and of course the shots.
our opinion, Malta should not be allowed to join the EU, until it put its bird laws, in line with the rest of the EU.
And of course we will not be tourists again in Malta, we love open spaces and birds.
Peter & Fran
Vi vill inte att våra fåglar skjuts, skadas eller dödas
då det gäller liv och ev tidigare inkanationer av levande varelser.
Fåglarna kan inte vara så stort problem för mänskligheten
så att detta skall kunna tillåtas.
Skjut istället den eller de som kommit på denna idiotiska iden.
Häls E Kvarnström, Stockholm Sweden
We must put a STOP to the barbaric bird slaughter
on Malta that is currently
Thomas Magnusson, Sweden
STOP THE BIRD-SLAUGTERING
I WILL NEVER VISIT MALTA AS A TOURIST BECAUSE OF WHAT IS GOING ON.
I am a resident of the state of Nebraska in the United States. I
love to watch birds and may someday get to Malta if there are any birds left there.
Please stop the senseless slaughter
or capture of migrating birds. If this continues, many species will disappear as did the passenger pigeon in the eastern
Carolyn Hall, USA
One thing I like to see when I
travel is the wildlife and especially the birds. I would never think of traveling to Malta with this history of bird killings.
Animal abuse is considered to be done by mentally ill people. Are all the Maltese people mentally ill? Who could commit
such murders and who could stand by while others kill these birds and do nothing? This is not the kind of place I want to
go to for a vacation. It is not what anyone in the US would want to see on their vacations either.
never be happy until they torture and murder everything on earth including other humans.
Sandra M. Cannon,
Please see that a stop is put to the slaying of these beautiful birds.
Peggy Wareham, USA
Stop this senseless killing. Too bad humans act like this.
If there anything like some I have known they kill for the fun of it, and don't even eat the bird. Sick!!
The barbaric bird slaughter on Malta MUST STOP!
Rovello Porro (CO), Italy
Please add my name to the various letters to be sent to representatives
of the Maltese Government in protest at the continuing hunting of birds. Well done for keeping the issue in the public domain
and keep up the good work.
Eugene Archer, Dublin, Ireland
PS: You can also add that hell will freeze over before I'll set foot in Malta and I shall be encouraging everyone I know,
whether they're interested in birds or not, to boycott the country and its tourist industry !
you add me on the list of protesting birders against killing of migrating birds at Malta? I have read it at your page and
I strongly support the protest against this kind of cynic slaughter.
Samuel Pacenovsky, Slovakia
My name is Alexsandra Kyrzakos and I am from Canada. Please add my name and my husbands name, Paul Elieff,
to all of your petitions to stop the bird slaughter in Malta.
I am writing to protest the bird slaughter in Malta. All species in our precious ecosystem
should be left as they are.
Sayville, NY, USA
I understand from various sources that migratory birds are still being killed by the Maltese
people. Migratory birds are a beauty and a benefit for all people, everywhere. I strongly object to the unpleasant Maltese
habit of killing the small songsters whose presence I would otherwise enjoy. I urge the government of Malta finally to make
the killing of wild birds illegal, to bring to justice any criminal found to be killing birds, and to make public the findings
of court proceedings.
Eileen Cameron, UK
I wish to protest
the slaughter of birds in Malta.
My sisters and I were planning an extended trip to the Med this Fall.
We will skip Malta and visit only countries that do not condone barbaric practices.
Bobbie Fisher, USA
Having been to Malta [just the once was enough] you have my wholehearted support. Sadly
time constraints prevent me offering much in the way of active support .
John Wilson, Wales
Of course I agree. I was already helping these guys in the mid sixties!
Norman van Swelm,
I will willing support the Malta campaign with my signature. It completely
disgusts me whats going on in the Mediterranean.
Carl Baggott, UK
of cruelty against birds and other animals in overseas countries are forcing me to vote with my feet and I will no longer
visit such countries until they review their policies.
I wish you every success with the campaign and genuinely hope
that the governments of these countries realise that people find this type of action not only sickening but unnecessary.
Janet Ward, UK
I have heard the Malta story in great details from
a bunch of Maltese birders who came and stayed on my farm in Zimbabwe quite a few years back. It is a totally sickening situation
and you may certainly add my name to any proposals that you wish to send to the Maltese government. The Brits have been trying
for donkey's years to force some opposition but the hunting lobby is so strong that the government bows to it although occasionally
pays lip service to the EU. I do not really know just how to pressurise these people apart from putting a trade embargo on
all guns and ammunition but then the illegal gun-runners would get to work at night.
Tony Tree, South Africa
Ich möchte gerne an der Protestaktion gegen die Massentötung von Vögeln auf Malta teilnehmen
Katharina Springer, Germany
I do support your actions to create an opinion
against the bird slaughter in Malta!
Mikael Dahlberg, Lund, Sweden
of migratory must stop now.
To slaughter migratory birds is insane. Anyone doing this is insane. This is not a fun
thing. This must stop.
Betty Jean Herner, USA
Please add my name to the petition (or similar sentiments):
Eddy Blyth, Karen Casey, Brian Sharkey,
Chris Lamsdell, Sean Huggins, Roger Hughes, Judith Smith, Rob Innes, Alina Congreve, Dave and Jane Pearson, Nick Pomiankowski,
John Farrar, Chris Anson, Chris Mead, Andy and Jackie McKee, Gruff Dodd, Andy Mabbett, Ceri Jones, Janet Jones, Sian Jones,
Steve Hay, Martyn Hall, Paul Chandler, Paula Shepherd, Verity Townshend , Maisie Townshend, UK
Slings, Jo Seegers, Drs. Guus van Duin (biologist/journalist), Kees Bakker, Sake de Vlas, Kitty Bakker-Nuberg, Pim Wolf,
Arnau Bonan Barfull, Spain
Claire Spottiswoode, South Africa
Alexandre Goueffon, France
Juha Koskinen, Olli Tenovuo, Finland
Stefan Oscarsson, Lars Svensson, Anna Palm, Christer Sjoang, Sigvard Lundgren, Ingemar Amberndtsson, Frida Annerbäck, Sweden
Yvon Princen, Erik van Bogaert, Wim Veraghtert, Belgium
Dr Maria Paspaleva and Dr.Matei
Talpeanu ornitholgists, Bucuresti, Romania
Gail Wehunt, Janice Boyd PhD , Kitty Araiyama, Len Torvinen,
Ann Torvinen, Margery Olsen, Karli Fitzmaurice, Katie Fitzmaurice, Gloria Van Dellen, Wilma Wells, Betty Jean Herner, Denise
Fainberg, Jody Keelin, Lori and Richard Rothstein, Gail Cross, Corey Paul Mondello, USA
Jeff Price, Ibis
Excursions, Bird, Nature & Photography Tours, Denmark
Fiona Courtis, Philip Griffin, Australia
John Spiteri-Gingell, Ursula Franke, Oliver Nüssen, Germany
Alf Tore Mjøs, Biret Máret Kallio,
Cyril Schönbächler, Switzerland
Dermot McCabe, Ireland
Rubolini, Marta Rubolini, Silvana Erbice , Agostino Rubolini, Violetta Longoni, Renato Longoni, Fiorella Busin, Leonella Lonardoni,
Silvino Erbice, Giovanni Erbice, Benedetta Erbice, Pedroni Maria Alberta, Paola Furini, Giovanni Venegoni, Antonio Montanari,
Silvio Vincenzi, Claudia Valoriani and Fabio Mirandola, Andrea Tarozzi, Chiara Scandolara, Bruno Caula, Italy
...and (very) many others!
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