Category Archives: No To Spring Hunting

Lawful Hunters indeed


http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150729/local/maltese-hunters-arrested-in-argentina.578409

Maltese Hunter in Argentina “showing off” his catch.

Maltese hunters arrested in Argentina

The Spring Hunting Referendum is done and dusted and we all know how close the result was, yet unfortunately it went the hunter’s way.

This post is not going to analyse that result nor is it a comment on the referendum itself. However it is a comment on the reaction of the Hunting lobby itself after the result was known.

They all claimed that justice has won, that it was the correct and fair result… because – listen up here – because the hunters are not a criminal lot, they are not law breakers and they DO care for the environment.

Guffaw!

So now we here that some three Maltese Hunters were arrested in Argentina when it was found that they had a number of birds stuffed into their luggage on their way out of the country. These birds being of one or more protected species. The report also quotes that the hunters formed part of a larger group which, it seems, got away undetected. So it is uncertain how many protected birds were actually killed during this hunt.

Lawful, environmentally aware hunters indeed!

But… they claimed, during the build up to the referendum, that this was their right, their bread and butter, what provided their family food to put on their plate – woe is them if they were to lose this necessity of theirs.

Basically they claimed that their choice of hobby was their right – regardless of the consequences and barbarity of it all.

So, if these woe begotten poor hunters relied on hunting for sustenance tell me please – How on earth do they afford to organise a trip all the way to Argentina, pay for the guides to lead them and for all the accommodation and transport costs such an expedition would entail?

And really… how many birds are there in that image above? Do they just eat bird flesh?

What a load of hogwash!

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My final entry before the Referendum next Saturday


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.

This was posted as a comment by Bernard Schranz on this post to my wall:
Make Your Voice Heard and Vote.

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:

#IvvotaLe

#IvvotaLe

Derogation Myths


On SHout’s Facebook Page:
Waqt li l-kampanja tal-‘iva’ tkompli xxandar il-ħrafa li l-kaċċa fir-rebbiegħa hi aċċettata mill-UE, ninkoraġġukom taqraw il-fatti: Malta qatt ma nnegozjat xi permess biex tkompli l-kaċċa fir-rebbiegħa meta saret membru tal-UE. Il-Kummissjoni anzi sabet lill-Malta ħatja talli kisret liġijiet Ewropej fuq dil-kwistjoni, u saħansitra għad hemm każ miftuħ sal-ġurnata tal-llum.

To see the full post click on the link below:
https://www.facebook.com/SpringHuntingOut/posts/375783012623398

In the meantime and on more or less the same subject there is this opinion piece on the Times Of Malta of last Monday

Search for derogation by Paul Radmilli

Have a read this morning and work out what are the true facts.

#IvvotaLE

Illegal billboards now used by hunters – timesofmalta.com


Illegal billboards now used by hunters – timesofmalta.com

Further proof as to why we cannot give the Hunters any more fuel for their arrogance.