Posted by: Dan | September 10, 2009

Spring Hunting in Malta to End Permanently

EU bans Maltese bird hunt (Wildlife Extra News):

Malta has finally been forced to comply with European bird protection laws, following a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice which has declared that Malta has been breaching European law by allowing the spring hunting of quail and turtle dove passing through the islands on migration.

On joining the European Union in 2004, Malta agreed to abide by European law, including those protecting birds. But, defying Brussels, Malta allowed the islands’ hunters to continue shooting quail and turtle dove during their spring migration. Indeed, it was only a previous order by the European Court of Justice that encouraged Malta to introduce a temporary ban on spring hunting in 2008. This has been in force during the last two spring hunting seasons.

A Scops Owl illegally shot in Malta. This Scops Owl was found dead on the 15th April in Buskett. Photo by BirdLife Malta.

A scops owl illegally shot in Malta. This Scops Owl was found dead on the 15th April in Buskett. Photo by BirdLife Malta.


This is good news, with Malta occupying a heavily trafficked bird migration route across the Mediterranean, just like Cyprus.

Update – It may not be such good news. See the comments in this thread on BirdForum.


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