Near Bidnija in the north of the Mediterranean island, walkers discovered two plastic bags with seven freshly shot Marsh Harriers last Sunday.
The animals belonged to a larger group of consecrations that had spent the night in the nearby fields and were caught under fire by several poachers when they left the roost.
(Footage provided by BirdLife Malta and Kurt Galea Pace).
“We assume that the men were disturbed and therefore did not take the birds with them,” said committee spokeswoman Fiona Burrows.
Colleagues from our partner association BirdLife Malta documented the terrible find on video and informed the police.
Upon closer examination of the alleged carcasses, it turned out that one of the birds was still alive. The animal was immediately taken to a veterinarian but has little chance.
The find is the previous low point of this year’s hunting season, which lasts until April 30th.
Several dozen protected migratory birds have been reported to “Birdlife Malta” since Easter, including numerous marsh harriers and lovebirds, two kestrels, a steppe harrier, a cuckoo, and a red chalk hawk.
Today we received more information about illegal kills.
Even if we are currently only working with one team on the island, we will do everything we can to secure the resting places of the birds that are now strongly migrating.
Due to the numerous violations of nature conservation and hunting law, we expect the Maltese government to put an immediate end to spring hunting, which is illegal under EU law (!!)
And I mean…So far, the useless leaders in the EU have shown very little interest in fighting these illegal Maltese massacres and have not been able to ensure that Malta, as an EU country, also participates in European hunting regulations.
A major failure is that corrupt politicians and lobbyists from the island who change and repeal ad libidum these rules, which apply to the whole EU, will not be punished.
It shouldn’t really be a problem to finance an extra special unit against the mass murderers of Malta, considering that mainly we, as the largest net payer, finance this EU practically from the beginning.
In view of this situation, the work of the Committee against Bird Murder is all the more important, and this organization should also be supported in its work.
My best regards to all, Venus