1. Letter to the Malta newspapers from David Camilleri
The Malta Tourist Action
April 18th, 2001
Last year in August as I introduced the MALTA TOURIST ACTION to the public - which informs the tourists
about hunting and trapping in Malta and gives them the opportunity to show their disagreement towards these habits by sending
a postcard to the Prime Minister - hunters and trappers accused me of harming the tourist industry. Now there are strong indications
that hunters and trappers destroyed the unique historical monument of Mnajdra and
now in deed its obvious who is really
harming the tourist industry!
Not only the extraordinary prehistoric temples are our national heritage, also the
migratory birds are one. Not only the unique temples are a magnet for the tourists and should be protected by all means, also
birds can become a sensation for tourists.
Reducing and finally abolishing hunting and trapping
in Malta would give a boost for tourism in autumn and spring. Thousands of European bird watchers and Ecotourists could be
That this works very successfully is proven by other regions in Europe, for example in the mud-flats of
Germany, where many people go only to observe the abundance of bird life.
Hopefully this terrible vandalism committed
on our temples may lead to a new awareness not only towards these unique monuments but also to the birds in Maltese islands.
And by the way: The MALTA TOURIST ACTION is growing, meanwhile there has already been sent over 17,000 emails around
the world followed by many protest letters to the Prime Minister. And simultaneously there exist similar other actions run
by bird lovers from Great Britain and Germany.