Malta Bulletins 2001


Letter Campaign | Arrogant Intervention? | Nature Trust supports EU | Arrests for Import of Bird Skins | Malta Tourist Action | Temple Vandals are Terrorists | Concessions on Environment? | Temples, Birds and Tourists | Lucky Flamingo! | A Sad Story | Ruined Reputation | Italian Pressure | BirdLife Appeal | An Interesting Idea? | Bird-watch | 'Friends of Hunting' Confer | The Traitor | It Wasn't Me! | Trashing Brochures | Don't Boycott Us! | Empire Strikes Back! | Emphasise the Positive | Referendum on Hunting? | Complacency or Ignorance? | Complacency or Ignorance? | Futile Campaign? | Boycotting Malta | No Birds? | Birdtours shoots back | Pariah of Europe | Bird-brained (?) Hunters | Cruel Subculture | Compassion and Humanity | Animal Rights | Pillars of Hercules | Cowardly Behaviour | Illegal Bird Imports | !RAPTOR CAMP! | Sad Ramblers | NOT Forgotten | More Witnesses | Questions!?! | Positive Response | Osprey Hunt | Protest to PM | Sielmann Attack | Hunters Warnings | Tourists scared off? | Bird Imports | Rationing? | Habitat Conservation | Barbaric Behaviour | Press Censorship? | Foreign Advice | Heavy Fine | Hunters' Dictatorship | Lest We Forget | The Global Picture | Tourism hurt | Lino's Birds | Terrorism ... | ... and Patriotism | Turned Off | Christmas comes | Reflections | A Jarring Note | Christmas Goose | Swan Song | Callous Shooting I | Callous Shooting II | Callous Shooting III | Callous Shooting IV | Callous Shooting V | Vote-hunting | What a waste | Well said! | A Regular Toll | Harsh Penalty! | Bailed Out | No Deterrent | Rare(r) Geese | BNW | Malta's Shame | Negative Image | Editorial | Sanctuary | 40 Years BirdLife Malta | Wake Up! | NO! Minister | Danish National Bird | Holy reticence | Damning Evidence I | Damning Evidence II | Barbaric Killing | Where were the ALE?
Barbaric Killing


Letters to the Malta Independent, 27. January 2002

A barbaric killing

From Mrs Mariella Bellorofonte

It was a shameful Sunday, thanks to the barbaric killing of the swans. This was not a rare incident at all, a look through the Birdlife newsletter reveals what the so-called civilised Maltese get up to in their eagerness to hunt these creatures roaming the skies. A truly depressing sight, unfortunate or was it fortunate that this shameless killing was witnessed by various individuals and their families? Shame, shame, shame! This proves what a kind "sport" hunting is. Abuse of certain individuals is no excuse.

We are sick and tired of hearing condemnations from the Hunting Federation that it puts them in a bad light, or from the authorities that these create a bad name for the country! And so they should, but what is behind all this that counts. This so-called "sport" is getting out of hand in this small island of ours. Hunting Licences are rampant. We are also being deprived of our rights too, since the majority of the Maltese are not hunters after all. I ask the Hunting Federation, does it take long to check if those arrested were its members, does it make them any different?

M. Bellorofonte



Eurobirder/Proact-Malta David Conlin 2001