As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Historic decision to allow a referendum about hunting in Malta

Birdlife Malta has reported on the Maltese Constitutional Court’s recent positive decision to allow a referendum on spring hunting to take place.

Spring hunting accounts for the deaths of thousands of European migratory birds as they pass over the islands on their journey from Africa to their breeding grounds in northern Europe.

It has long been been the subject of mass campaigns, with supporters congregating from all over Europe to disrupt the hunters' activities.

Anti-hunters have often being targetted by the hunting lobby with threats, verbal abuse and sometimes physical violence.

Birdlife Malta hails the referendum decision as a clear win for democracy and the campaiging of the Coalition for the Abolition of Spring Hunting which gathered the support and signatures of over 40,000 Maltese voters.

These ordinary Maltese people want to see change happen in the country and have pledged to make the Maltese environment better.

Romina Tolu, Campaign Coordinator for the Coalition says, "The process which has led to this decision by the courts was a particularly lengthy one, in which the hunting lobby tried to delay and mislead the people and the courts time and time again.

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