This will be my final entry before the referendum next Saturday and I hope we will soon be celebrating a new lease of life to our environment and to the protection of our wildlife.
A good friend of mine and also a contact and friend on Facebook today made the following comment on a post in which I was tagged. I think it is really quite true and everyone should read it and digest the truth of it all.
I know that some of my friends include hunters. And I know that they are responsible people who abide by the law. It is a pity that the No vote will impact you and I wish it was not the case but there is practically always some collateral in such situations. Should we take umbrage at what is right or should we be logical and accept that that decision is meant for the good of us all. When the Gaia Foundation banned camping from Ghajn Tuffieha, I was one of the people impacted with such a decision. However I accepted that this was in the best interest of the environment and I abided by the law. We did not take matters into our hands and torch the place or vandalised the trees. That would have been selfish and irresponsible. Instead we understood that it was a necessary ‘evil’ to protect the environment. Luckily it has meant that the previous degradation of the area was stalled and today it is in a better state. Can we all, as mature adults with brains, reason out and see the bigger picture whilst putting aside our personal interests. Hunters have practically two thirds of the year in which to practice their sport so sacrificing just less than 9 days (18 half days) in spring should not make much of a difference. That is what the general public is meanwhile asking for… to make those very 18 half days free of shooting in the hope that the birds will manage to propagate. After all it is also in their interest.
Do that people… make your voice heard and go and vote No in the referendum on Saturday. Do not waste this chance because it effects all of us – each and every one of us.
So much so that a comment has been bouncing back and forth in my mind. See the Graphic below: