Stop taking credit for our work to hide your incompetence! The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) has accused the Maltese Wild Bird Regulation Unit (WBRU) of falsely taking the credit of CABS efforts to whitewash its total failure to control illegal bird trapping in spring.The eNGO refers to a statement sent yesterday by the WBRU to the members of the European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL), an association of 51 environmental authorities in 36 countries, in which the head of WBRU, Mr. Sergei Golovkin, is reporting about Malta´s alledged “enforcement efforts” to combat illegal finch trapping in spring. In his statement Golovkin writes: “I wish to emphasize that these enforcement operations are being carried out in a constant and routine manner, and contrary to CABS allegations of “tolerance” towards illegalities, enforcement is effective and produces the desired results”. To undermine his remarks the head of the WBRU explains that two trappers have been apprehended and “17 active illegal trapping sites were located and dismantled, 12 live protected birds used as live decoys seized, and various trapping paraphernalia confiscated” as a “result of police patrols and WBRU´s enforcement action taken over the past two weeks”. The statement was published on the IMPEL network´s homepage: https://www.impel-esix.eu/reply-on-message-23-03-2017-about-mist-nets-on-malta/
In a reply from today CABS said that the seizures and apprehensions listed by the WBRU to impress their European collegues are 100% the results of CABS reports to the police. This refers to the number of illegal sites located and dismantled as well as to the seizure of 12 live protected birds. “All examples listed in the WBRU´s statement to demonstrate its “effectiveness” are in fact cases which have been documented and reported by CABS. If you remove the cases reported by our teams from the list the government stands there empty-handed”, CABS Press Officer Axel Hirschfeld said. CABS also stressed that the number of 17 seizures or prosecutions, regardless of who reported them, is a minuscule number compared to cases reported by CABS to the police in the last 3 weeks. “We have mapped a total of 133 illegal active sites on a single morning, 54 of which have already been reported to the authorities with map locations/ photos of the nets installed by the poachers. The other 79 sites are being monitored by CABS teams to produce video evidence for the police to ensure prosecutions”, CABS Wildlife Crime Officer Fiona Burrows said. She added that CABS reports have led to the confiscation of at least 21 live decoys while the WBRU in its statement referred to only 12 birds seized.
By listing these data the WBRU has given proof that it has either no clue what is going on in the countryside or that it is deliberately downsizing the problem. It´s bad enough that the government does nothing against illegal trapping but it just takes the biscuit that they deceive the EU and IMPEL into believing that there is no problem”, Axel Hirschfeld said adding that the only ones benefitting from such actions are the poachers.
Our picture shows a leashed Linnet decoy found on an illegal trapping site on Gozo last week.
Makes 5 (!) birds which are known off who were illegally shot.If Prime minister Muscat is true to his word, he should shut down the season immediately -unless hes nothing more than a hot air talker.
These hunters are seriously bollocking everybody else!
Via committe against Bird Slaughter
Malta: This morning one of our teams witnessed how a hunter tried to shoot down a protected Kestrel close to the runway of the Malta International Airport in Safi. The hunter fired two shots at the falcon within less than 100 metres from the airport area. Despite an intensive police search the hunter could not be found. In a separate incident this afternoon at 1:45pm another CABS team filmed a hunter firing 4 shots in the Mizieb woodland during the afternoon curfew. The video footage which clearly shows the hunter´s face was passed on to the police who are investigating the case. The same group also found a freshly deceased Cuckoo with typical shotgun injuries hidden in a bush in the same area. The bird was passed on to the ALE. The bird was the third shot Cuckoo found in the vicinity Mizieb since the start of the spring hunting season.
I totally agree with the Malta Independent. The hunters had their last chance, but blew it!!
The situation is clear. In three days, hunters have shot at two different protected species. And these are only the incidents that we know about.
The first was a cuckoo which was shot on Wednesday and the second incident involved a Lapwing which was shot in Birzebbuga
The issue is clear. The Prime Minister must take action – the Spring hunting season should be closed and closed for good.
Five poachers sentenced in Malta February 18th 2015.Three of whom were prosecuted thanks to our field investigations. CABS (http://m.komitee.de/node/31) l
ed police to two illegal bird traders who were each given a €600 fine after being caught red handed with freshly caught Greenfinches. Another poacher from Buskett was fined €1500 and had his trapping licence revoked for a year after CABS observed him targeting protected pipits and finches (see photo).
Furthermore, harder punishments were handed out to two hunters who had shot two oystercatchers whilst out at sea. Each was given a €1500 fine, their boat confiscated and hunting licences revoked for LIFE.
Please donate to the CABS team as they are doing dangerous, but great work.
…Just when I had given the Maltesers a compliment,they start again….
Will they never learn that we need all the birds to control insects and rodents and that with less and less birds (as not only Malta kills them.for fun) the pesticides must increase as less and less natural predators are there?
So people of the rest of the world thank Malta and all other countries for their unneccessary hunting and poaching if we need more pesticides which makes us humans also ‘very’ sick. ..
From the CABS:
Malta will face legal action over bird trapping: 3 days before the opening of a new trapping season for finches and plovers on Malta the European Commission has issued a formal warning. The Times of Malta reports, includes CABS and government reaction.
The illegal hunting in Malta is not only in spring time…Here are a few protected bird species that have been shot in September
Help to STOP the bird slaughter!
Please make sure that the city or town you visit does not catch birds to serve in restaurants…Malta and Cyprus are complete places to avoid as boycott is one way to make pressure on governments to stop this.These countries do not rely on to eat song birds or raptor birds or any other endangered bird species. It’s a delicatesse to be served nothing more….But our plant growth will continue to diminish rapidly without birds as they act as pollinators and plant distributors and help even to grow forests.Plus they regulate insects and rodents.