Illegal hunting and killing of protected birds in Malta has increased significantly during the autumn migration according to the initial analysis of data collected by BirdLife Malta’s international Raptor Camp observers.
“Since the hunting season opened on the 1 September, BirdLife Malta alone received 23 shot protected birds, an increase of more than 40% over the same period in 2011,” BirdLife said.
Bob Elliot, Head of the RSPB Investigation Team, said Malta needs Wildlife Crime Unit as that available in the UK. “The Wildlife Police Force in the UK has proven effective and should resources be pooled to set something similar up in Malta, I believe illegal hunting would drastically be reduced.”
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