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?
Callous Shooting V


from The Times of Malta, January 23, 2002

AD praises police, armed forces for quick reaction
Calls for tougher penalties

Alternattiva Demokratika has congratulated the police force and the armed forces for taking fast and effective action against those who killed seven swans at St Thomas Bay last Sunday.

"We hope that the institutions will remain vigilant against all those who are cruel to animals and those hunters who break the law of the country," spokesman for animal rights Mark Causon said.

The Partnership for Active Animal Welfare Societies also expressed its disgust and condemnation for the killing.

"This is not the first time that the killing of swans has taken place on our island, which shows that the present legislation regarding such occurrences is not enough of a deterrent."

While congratulating the Zabbar police for their prompt intervention, PAAWS stressed that it was urgent to revise present legislation and introduce tougher penalties and/or imprisonment for animal cruelty.

BirdLife Malta said the case proved that the resources of the ALE needed to be substantially increased.

The law, Birdlife said, stipulated that the penalties handed down could include the confiscation of all the items used in the illegal activity, the suspension of the hunting licence for at least one year and a fine of between Lm50 and Lm500 for the first offence and between Lm100 and Lm1,000 for the second offence or a maximum jail term of two years, or both.

These penalties were too lenient and should be increased, said the organisation.

"The proceeds should be used for bird protection or to help finance the law enforcement authorities."

The operation carried out on Sunday to catch the offenders, which included the use of a helicopter and patrol boat, would have cost the state thousands of liri, apart from the unquantifiable value of the loss of the birds' lives, as well as the emotional stress caused to the members of the public who were enjoying the birds, Birdlife remarked.

"In addition, this and similar incidents are tarnishing Malta's image abroad with the related effect on tourism."

BirdLife reiterated its calls for the strengthening of the ALE section into a special force for the protection of nature and for the deployment of more personnel and equipment to help them control these abuses.

At the moment, 21 ALE officers had to supervise the activities of over 11,000 hunters, over 3,000 trappers, and carry out other nature protection and duties which were not environment related, the organisation said.


Eurobirder/Proact-Malta David Conlin 2001