Clint Camilleri, the Junior Minister for Animal Rights, has condemned the savage shooting of protected birds during the close season.
“I unreservedly condemn the illegal actions done by a person or people that shouldn’t call themselves hunters,” Camilleri explained to Lovin Malta.
Camilleri, a hunter himself, said that the authorities are currently investigating the case.
Camilleri’s comments come as a group of flamingos face a barrage of bullets as they migrated over the island.
A shocking video has even emerged of a flamingo bloodied and injured in Marsaxlokk.
A marsh harrier, which was found in a field near Gianpula in Rabat, was confirmed shot by the government’s vet.
In the past, Muscat’s government has taken stern action against illegal hunters. Following the referendum, Muscat twice suspended the hunting season without any recommendation from the Ornis Committee, first in September 2014 and then again in April 2015.
The ministry refrained from commenting directly as to whether or not they would impose such stringent measures during the upcoming season.
If you spot any protected birds in distress please reach out to BirdLife on 2134 7646 (or on 7925 5697 after office hours), or the Administrative Law Enforcement on 2122 4001.