EBN email from Paul Tout, May 15, 2001
Hunters are ruining your reputation - comment
Italy is uniquely positioned to pressure the Maltese government on theissue of the massacre as the nearest G8 economy and
She can also hold her head up as a country that has dealt with hunter bullying since 1992 using state,
regional and NGO power to the extent that illegal killing of spring migrants is a tiny fraction of that previously
and hunter numbers are in relentless decline. (Down from 2 million in 1980 to c. 800.000 today).
We're also free
of Maltese hunter pressure (unlike Birdlife Malta who day-to-day live with this reality.... we can't all be Anna Giordano).
This pressure will continueand strengthen from Italy and we hope it will from elsewhere.