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Another season of island bird killing begins

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Should the EU Bird Protection Directives be fully enforced in Cyprus (north and south)

Yes, it should be fully enforced
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No, it should be observed but in a relaxed way
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Total votes : 23

Another season of island bird killing begins

Postby Pax » Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:11 pm

Protected birds killed in Malta

The dead bodies of 150 protected birds have been found on the Mediterranean island of Malta as activists search what they call a "major crime scene".

Conservation groups have criticised the Maltese government for failing to halt illegal hunting of protected birds during the island's autumn season.

Malta's government has previously said it would take action against anyone found to be killing protected species.

Malta lies along a major bird migratory route between Europe and Africa.

BirdLife Malta has called on the government to start treating the illegal hunting as a political priority.

'Bird cemetery'

The bodies of 150 protected birds - including falcons, marsh harriers, night herons, honey buzzards and a nightingale - have been found hidden in small stashes under stones and woodland scrub since Sunday, conservationists said.
“ This is a major crime scene and the police have not even cordoned it off ”
Dr Andre Raine BirdLife Malta

While many were clearly killed some time ago, others had reportedly been shot as recently as the weekend.

BirdLife Malta said it was disappointed police had not taken more action to limit the hunt.

"This is a major crime scene and the police have not even cordoned it off," said Dr Andre Raine, conservation manager for BirdLife Malta.

"It's an embarrassment to have one of the main hunting areas littered with dead bodies... This place is literally a bird cemetery."

The group has called on Malta's government to give the island's police force more resources to combat illegal hunting.

Many more carcasses of protected birds were expected to be found as only one-third of the hunting area in the Mizieb woodland had been searched, Dr Raine told the BBC.

Protect wild birds

Malta's autumn hunting season lasts for five months from 1 September.

Traditionally, the Maltese government has allowed hunters to shoot migratory quails and turtle doves for limited periods during the spring and autumn.

The spring hunting season was halted early in 2007 after a flock of honey buzzards was shot dead, and was not reopened in either 2008 or 2009.

Although the autumn hunt remains legal, the EU Birds Directive rules that member states are obliged to protect wild birds as well as their eggs, nests and habitat.

Malta, which joined the EU in 2004, has since been warned by the European Commission for breaching the directive and allowing hunters to shoot migrating birds during the prohibited period.

BirdLife Malta had invited birdwatchers from across Europe to visit the island during the annual shoot to monitor hunting activity.

The Federation for Hunting and Conservation on Malta (FKNK) has previously condemned the illegal killing of birds, warning that it would disqualify any members convicted of any "serious crime".

Neither the FKNK, nor the Maltese government, were available for comment on Monday.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8266902.stm

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Postby CBBB » Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:16 pm

What has this got to do with the price of ambelopoulia?
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Postby Paphitis » Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:18 pm

I voted no, because I absolutely love the Cypriot delicacy of Ampelopoullia...Yum! :D
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Postby Pax » Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:19 pm

CBBB wrote:What has this got to do with the price of ambelopoulia?


People are always going on about complying with European law, so here's an example which directly affects Cyprus' traditional hunting seasons ... let alone the birds.
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Postby Pax » Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:22 pm

Paphitis wrote:I voted no, because I absolutely love the Cypriot delicacy of Ampelopoullia...Yum! :D


What happens to ampelopoullia when the birds no longer return because of ecological collapse resulting from excessive/improper hunting ?
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Postby Get Real! » Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:24 pm

Hunting should only be allowed every other year to give the poor birdies a chance to multiply!
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Postby bill cobbett » Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:25 pm

Why isn't there an option in the poll for those who wish to tell the EU and others to keep their bleeding noses out of this important aspect of CY Culture?
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Postby bill cobbett » Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:26 pm

Get Real! wrote:Hunting should only be allowed every other year to give the poor birdies a chance to multiply!


..and then show them no mercy, pickle all the b'stards.
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Postby Paphitis » Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:27 pm

Pax wrote:
Paphitis wrote:I voted no, because I absolutely love the Cypriot delicacy of Ampelopoullia...Yum! :D


What happens to ampelopoullia when the birds no longer return because of ecological collapse resulting from excessive/improper hunting ?


As long as we have an abundant supply of Ampellopoullia, then all is fine....

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Postby Pax » Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:28 pm

bill cobbett wrote:Why isn't there an option in the poll for those who wish to tell the EU and others to keep their bleeding noses out of this important aspect of CY Culture?


Funny you should say that - I did include an option that almost said word for word what you've just suggested. I thought it had been registered but when I pressed submit it didn't appear. Is there anyway of re-setting poll questions ?
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