At least 10 Booted Eagles shot down by hunters in Buskett, government and hunters federation condemn ‘barbaric’ act.
At least 10 protected eagles were shot down when they tried to find shelter at Buskett, BirdLife said. The NGO explained that 10 Booted Eagles were known to be shot on Wednesday, while three more shootings were reported by the public.
The government was quick to condemn the shootings of the rare birds over Buskett, describing the act as "barbaric."
It seems that 37 eagles were spotted in Buskett, Rabat late Wednesday afternoon and BirdLife immediately went to the area, but hunters spotted them too and word spread fast.
While appealing to hunters, activists and the public to cooperate, parliamentary secretary Roderick Galdes said that the criminal act was being investigated and perpetrators would face the full brunt of the law. The hunters' federation joined in the chorus of dissaproval and described it as "atrocious in its consequence, both on wildlife and on the effect it will have on legal hunting. Very little can be said about this incident, except that, not everyone who carries a gun is a hunter, in the same way as not everyone who carries a knife is a killer."