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?
Well said!


from The Times of Malta, January 23, 2002

Massacre of mute swans

I was absolutely horrified to hear about the massacre of mute swans in St Thomas' Bay, but not at all surprised. During my visit to Malta, I witnessed many protected birds being blown out of the sky, although well away from the tourist resorts.

This latest episode in the appalling onslaught that Malta's wildlife faces, underlines the fact that the ALE are woefully under-resourced. It is high time that the Maltese Government also recognised this fact. Malta desperately needs a well-resourced, well-equipped wildlife protection unit within its police force, capable of bringing in extra trained officers during the peak migration periods to protect all of our birds as they pass through Malta.

Illegal hunting is unfortunately so widespread on Malta and on Gozo, that this will require a substantial financial input from the government. If this is not forthcoming, I fear that incidents such as that at St Thomas' Bay will have a severe effect on Maltas tourist industry. Tourists will not return if they witness such events on your islands.

Iain Robson

Northumberland, UK


Eurobirder/Proact-Malta David Conlin 2001