Hunters must identify their target when hunting game prior to shooting, the president of a Maltese hunting lobby has said after a dog was mistakenly shot by a hunter.
“Before shooting, one of the primary ethics a hunter must adhere is to always identify his/her game and what is behind it before shooting. If it was intentional, we obviously condemn such acts,” FKNK President Lucas Micallef told Lovin Malta.
His comment comes after police were informed that a dog had been shot in a field, with 23 pellets found in his upper body and head. The dog’s owner said his pet was shot by a hunter who had mistaken his dog for a quail emerging from a bush.
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FKNK, which recently launched a new logo and a publication to promote the Federation’s “Way Forward after 48 Years of History”, said it had been in contact with the dog’s owner and was ready to assist in this case.
The man behind the shooting has not been identified yet. If you’d like to read the man’s full account of what happened to his dog, follow this link.
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