Swan Song
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from The Times of Malta, January 10, 2002


By Keith Youngs, Tonbridge, Kent, England

December 23 was one of the worst days of my life and a shame for this beautiful island. I was walking along Pwales valley at 7.30 a.m. when I spotted two white swans in flight looking for a place to rest.I could not believe that these magnificent birds had made it all the way to

My amazement suddenly turned to great shock and disbelief as the morning stillness was shattered by shooting. One swan fell almost immediately and the other glided a certain distance mortally wounded after being shot at six times!

What is wrong with this country? Why is nothing done about these barbaric acts? I mean we are talking about magnificent beautiful swans here. To shoot one is close to shooting a human being!

Do the authorities, who are aspiring to join the elite of Europe, know that later some 20 of these magnificent birds were slaughtered that same morning?

Imagine the outrage in the UK and the rest of Europe when these unbelievable acts are known.


Eurobirder/Proact-Malta David Conlin 2001