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.

Monday 25 April 2016

Another protected bird confirmed shot

Swift killed close to the Xrobb L-Għaġin Nature Park in Delimara
Staff Reporter
20 April 2016, 3:27pm

On Tuesday afternoon volunteers of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter(CABS) found a dead swift (rudun in Maltese) close to the Xrobb L-Għaġin Nature Park in Delimara.

The bird which is strictly protected was brought to a vet who confirmed that it was killed with a shotgun. An X-ray shows that the cause of death was a lead pellet which penetrated the bird´s belly from below.

The bird which was passed on to the police’s ALE unit this morning is the second protected bird which was found shot during this year´s spring hunting season. 

Last Monday officers of the Administrative Law Enforcement – Malta´s environmental police – found an injured male Marsh Harrier on a countryside lane close to Bidnija. The harrier was also found to have been injured by lead pellets and was brought to a rehab center.

In view of the fact that last year´s spring hunting season was prematurely closed after a hunter shot down a Kestrel CABS called upon the government to stick to its zero tolerance politic and close the season with immediate effect. “If the season will remain open the Prime Minister has to put up with the accusation that he is applying double standards”, CABS General Secretary Alexander Heyd said.

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