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.

‘If You Vote Yes’ – by Ramona Depares


A very good article which points out some extremely valid arguments as to why we should all vote and all vote NO. Written by Ramona Depares for the Times of Malta..

If you vote yes

It’s useless pretending most of the voting population gives a flying duck, or quail as it were, about the upcoming spring hunting referendum. The hunters do, of course. As for the rest, it’s a very small minority of people who care enough about ecological balance, environmental issues and the rest of it. So in some years’ time there won’t be any birds for us to enjoy, for the hunters will have blasted them into extinction. Big whoop. Most of today’s voters won’t be here anyway.

This is why those of us who are pushing the ‘No’ vote are having such a hard time mobilising the masses. There is nothing to make the blood of the majority boil, unlike with divorce, same sex marriage or even EU membership. And this is why many people have told me they will decide on the day how they will be voting, if at all. The reason? “This does not affect our lives, who cares?”

Read the full article here – http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150316/blogs/if-you-vote-yes.560149