PROACT MALTA BULLETINS 2001
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ACTION TODAY

From The Malta Independent August 25, 2001

Malta has not been forgotten

This a copy of an open letter sent to the President, the Prime Minister, the Foreign Affairs Minister, the Home Affairs Minister, the Tourism Minister, the police commissioner, the Environmental Protection Department director, the Malta Tourism Authority chairman, the EU delegation to Malta head and the ambassadors of EU states represented on the island.

The 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 in 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 mail and letters protesting against the slaughter of migratory birds over Malta. A selection is shown below. They are printed unedited, as they vividly show 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 common-sense, 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 all politicians in Malta, at whatever level, realise that this matter concerns all of them and not just the desk officer or policeman who has to cope with the results of their inaction, ignorance or disinterest.



David Conlin

Berlin, GERMANY

Proact



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 support 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 we have 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





Please put me into the campaign. Best wishes and good luck with enough letters.



Dr Edwin Donath,

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces,

Potsdam, GERMANY





Please include me. I wrote years ago to the papers and the President regarding the slaughter.



Joan Thompson

UK





Im supporting the protest against the barbaric bird slaughter on Malta! I hope the birds fight back like in the Hitchcock movie!



Ulf Hedlund

SWEDEN





Im horrified at the fact that you dont put an end to this awful behaviour! Its time that we start to treat animals with the same respect we want for ourselves. They deserve nothing less!



Jeanette Holmgren

Sweden





I fully agree with the content of your letters targeted leading decision-makers and opinion-formers on Malta. I want my name under all of them.



Goran Mellbring,

MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Surgery

Sweden





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.

In our opinion, Malta should not be allowed to join the EU until it puts 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 and Fran Wolstenholme

IRELAND





We must put a stop to the barbaric bird slaughter in Malta that is currently going on!



Thomas Magnusson

Sweden





Stop the bird-slaughtering on Malta!

I will never visit Malta as a tourist because of what is going on.



Eric Magnusson

Sweden



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 and capture of migrating birds. If this continues, many species will disappear, as did the passenger pigeon in the eastern United States.



Carolyn Hall

USA





One thing I like to see when I travel is the wildlife, and especially the birds. I would never think of travelling 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.

Humans will never be happy until they torture and murder everything on earth, including other humans.



Sandra M. Cannon

USA





Please see that a stop is put to the slaying of these beautiful birds.

Sincerely,



Peggy Wareham

USA





Stop this senseless killing. Too bad humans act like this. If they are anything like some I have known, they kill for the fun of it, and dont even eat the bird. Sick!



Brenda Marie

USA





The barbaric bird slaughter on Malta must stop!



Debora, 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 Ill set foot in Malta, and I shall be encouraging everyone I know, whether theyre interested in birds or not, to boycott the country and its tourist industry!





Can you add me on the list of protesting birders against killing of migrating birds on Malta? I have read it on 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.

God Bless!



Alexsandra Kyrzakos

Canada





I am writing to protest against the bird slaughter in Malta. All species in our precious ecosystem should be left as they are.



Wendy Lochner

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 against 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

Netherlands





I will willingly support the Malta campaign with my signature. It completely disgusts me whats going on in the Mediterranean.



Carl Baggott

UK





Such actions 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 detail 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 donkeys 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





I support your actions to create an opinion against the bird slaughter in Malta!



Mikael Dahlberg

Lund, Sweden





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 and Maisie Townshend UK.

Drs. Q.L. Slings, Jo Seegers, Guus van Duin, biologist/journalist, Kees Bakker, Sake de Vlas, Kitty Bakker-Nuberg and Pim Wolf The Netherlands.

Arnau Bonan Barfull Spain.

Claire Spottiswoode South Africa.

Alexandre Goueffon France.

Juha Koskinen, Olli Tenovuo Finland.

Ola Nilsson, Stefan Oscarsson, Lars Svensson, Anna Palm, Christer Sjoang, Sigvard Lundgren, Ingemar Amberndtsson and Frida Annerbock Sweden.

Yvon Princen and Erik van Bogaert 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 and Gail Cross USA.

Jeff Price, Ibis Excursions, Bird, Nature & Photography Tours Denmark.

Fiona Courtis and Philip Griffin Australia.

John Spiteri-Gingell, Ursula Franke, Oliver Nessen Germany.

Alf Tore Mjs and Biret Mret Kallio Norway.

Cyril Schonbochler Switzerland.

Dermot McCabe Ireland.

Diego 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 and Bruno Caula Italy.

David Conlin
Proact: http://proaction.tripod.com

Berlin, GERMANY

MIGRATION IS UNDERWAY!

Eurobirder/Proact-Malta David Conlin 2001