With 69 birds shot at illegally so far this year, 2018 is turning out to be a record
24 September 2018, 7:01pm
by Laura Calleja
A honey buzzard retrieved over the weekend by an individual in Siġġiewi is the latest victim of unbridled poaching of protected birds taking place this year.
BirdLife said the honey buzzard was confirmed shot by the government vet, making it the 25th protected bird to be shot this autumn hunting season.
The bird conservation group said it was aware of another honey buzzard that was taken directly to the vet by the police. “If the bird is confirmed shot, the total of known casualties recovered since 1 September will reach 26.”
BirdLife said that there were 69 known incidents of protected birds that were shot in 2018. The figure is higher than those for 2015 and 2016. The organisation is predicting that 2018 could be the worst year since 2013 for the killing of protected birds.