The 12th of April heralds one of the most shameful acts of legalised hunting in the EU. Over 10,500 Maltese hunters flock to public lands to shoot two species - the Turtle Dove and the Quail - both of which have massively declined in the UK and across Europe.
But do these hunters only shoot Turtle Doves and Quail?
OF COURSE NOT
If it flies - it dies in Malta
In 2013 at least 24 protected species of bird were killed illegally in Malta, including Swift, Marsh Harrier, Montague’s Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Kestrels, Osprey, Purple Heron, Barn Swallows, Golden Orioles, and Bee-eaters.
Birdlife Malta have launched a campaign to call for a referendum in Malta, so that the Maltese public can vote to ban this slaughter, you can help by doing the following: