Spring hunting dates dropped but Turtle Dove moratorium could go to EU

first_imgThe Ornis Committee has said that the proposal to reopen a Spring hunting season for the Turtle Dove has been defeated.The organization says that the proposal put forward by the Federation for Hunting and Conservation – Malta (FKNK) called for the moratorium against the hunting of the bird to be lifted and a specific hunting period to be initiated in the last fortnight of April.During the committee meeting, only FKNK voted in favour of the proposal while the conservation group Birdlife Malta and the Environmental Resources Authority voted against.Representatives from the government and the Ornis Committee chairman are understood to have abstained.Take moratorium to EU levelWhile their proposal was defeated, the FKNK is also calling on the government to seek a solution with the European Commission on a verdict by the European Court of Justice which states that the Autumn hunting period was ‘not a satisfactory alternative solution to the spring hunt.’The FKNK explain that Malta is one of 10 countries where the Turtle Dove is hunted but Malta is the only one where a Moratorium on Spring hunting had been introduced.Government representatives, the Ornis Chairman and the FKNK voted in favour of this motion meaning that it would now be presented to the Minister to take to the European level.Be boldResponding to the news of the defeated proposal on Spring Hunting dates, Birdlife Malta has called on the Maltese Government and the Prime Minister ‘to be bold and take this signal either as a reason for spring hunting to be abolished altogether’.However, they also say that if need be, the dates for the quail hunting season should not elapse into the key migration period for the Turtle Dove.Birdlife Malta says, ‘If the dates proposed last week (10th-30th April) are accepted, the season would only serve as a smokescreen for hunters to illegally target this protected species.’   Seeking long term sustainable solutionsThe government says that following today’s meeting, they will be looking to carry out discussions with the European Commission for a ‘long-term sustainable solution regarding the turtle dove hunting derogation in the spring.’‘These discussions will be designed to determine the Principles on which future derogation is applied to the turtledove spring game, as I did the Government with regard to the trapping of blackbirds and golden plovers .’ the government response reads.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img

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