WATCH: Maltese Police Kick Down Door To Arrest Trappers Near Ħaġar Qim Temples
Activists "shocked" at how widespread illegal hunting has become
The hunting season has been open for nearly two months and illegal hunting is slowly resurfacing as a hot topic. Last Tuesday, the activist group Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) uploaded a video detailing illegal bird trappings sightings in a number of locations around Malta that occurred during this short period.
In each of the cases that the CABS Team was able to record, they show the trappers trying to run and hide from the police officers, along with protected birds and illegal trapping tools being confiscated.
"Illegal finch trapping was recorded in Żurrieq, Fomm ir-Riħ, Santa Katarina, Mtaħleb, Qrendi, Ta’ Baldu and close to the temples in Ħaġar Qim with a total of 10 poachers being investigated by the police and more than 50 protected birds being seized," CABS said.
The CABS Press Officer Axel Hirschfeld commented that Malta’s Animal Rights Parliamentary Secretary, Clint Camilleri, "can continue to close his eyes to the reality or meet his obligations and close the season."
Find out more on what to you can do to report any illegal bird trapping sightings on the BirdLife Malta website.