The Federation for Hunting and Conservation in Malta (FKNK) has called in one of their members who targeted a leading environmentalist in Malta with abuse while pledging to break the law again.
“The FKNK have traced Mr Muscat and will be officially asking him to call in for a disciplinary board meeting,” an FKNK spokesperson told Lovin Malta. The meeting is expected to take place in the coming hours or days.
The group called in their member after Cami Appelgren posted an exchange she had with the man, who claimed to have been caught using an illegal bird caller. However, instead of stopping his use of the illegal device, he pledged to pay the €250 fine and continue using it.
He even mentions Qalet Marku, in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, as an area he could be found using the bird caller.
“I was only fined €250 and paid,” he said. “I will still go to Qalet Marku and anywhere else.”
“When people are laughing in the face of justice, I think it’s time for justice to up its game… or shall this be an accepted behaviour by people who spend their day breaking the law?” Appelgren asked.
“This is the reason I call on the government to increase the fine for the illegal use of bird callers when hunting,” she said. “For the sake of the people and the Malta Police Force.”
According to BirdLife Malta, last year was the worst year for illegal hunting with more than 210 protected birds illegally shot throughout the year.