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AD on The Economist 's report on hunting in Malta 1-3-2004

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  • Mark Causon
    MessageAlternattiva Demokratika-the Green Party 10, manwel Dimech street, Sliema. tel no : 21255330 http://www.alternattiva.org.mt Press Release 1-3-2004 AD on
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      Alternattiva Demokratika-the Green Party
      10, manwel Dimech street,
      Sliema.
      tel no : 21255330

       

      Press Release 1-3-2004 

      AD on The Economist 's report on hunting  in Malta 

      Alternattiva Demokratika-The Green Party reiterated its call for the abolition of hunting in Spring  AD notes that this exemption from EU directives  is having a negative  impact on our country's international image. A recent article in the highly influential and widely read  The Economist shows that  the Maltese government  is being singled for international criticism for appeasing the hunting lobby  .

      The Economist observed that : The government is appeasing just 16,000-odd registered hunters (only 4% of the population). In its accession talks, admittedly, it tried to please both hunters and greens. Concessions were made: trapping is being phased out. But the big problem lies in enforcement. Police trying to catch those who kill or trap protected birds are hugely outnumbered. Only if hunters are caught shooting birds other than turtle-doves and quail in the spring might the EU re-examine this particular Maltese exemption.

      AD's spokesperson for the environment Mark Causon called on the government to stand up against the hunter's lobby.

      "Rampant hunting abuses are ruining Malta's international image. This has a negative impact on tourism and investment because Malta is seen as a country where laws are not respected.  Malta could also end up paying fines to the EU if species other than turtle-doves and quail  are shot during the migratory season. As  The Economist notes Malta has a long record of illegal hunting.  

      "The Maltese people should send a clear message against the hunting in Spring by voting AD in the forthcoming European elections. Prof. Arnold Cassola will work in the European Parliament to ensure that Malta will fully impliment all EU regulations and directives in this sector ",concluded Mark Causon .  

      James Debono

      Public Relations Officer

       

      Stqarrija Stampa 1-3-2004

      AD dwar ir-rapport ta' The Economist dwar il-kacca f'Malta 

      Alternattiva Demokratika-The Green Party tenniet is-sejha taghha favur l-abolizzjoni tal-kacca fir-Rebbiegha. Dan sar fid-dawl tal-fatt li l-abbuzi ta'certi kaccaturi qed jaffetwaw hazin l-imagni internazzjonali ta' pajjizna. Artiklu fl-ahhar harga tar- rivista prestigjuza The Economist jikkritika il-mod kif il-gvern Malti qed icedi ghall-pressjoni tal-kaccaturi.

      The Economist josserva li  "l-gvern qed jiprova jinghogob ma 16,000 kaccatur ( biss 4%  tal-popolazzjoni ).  Fil-process ta'shubija, il-gvern prova jinghogob kemm mal-kaccaturi u kemm mal-Greens.Saru certi koncessjonijiet tant li l-insib qed jinqghata.  Izda l-problema l-kbira hija l-enforzar. Il-pulizija li x-xoghol taghhom hu li jipprotegu l-ghasafar huma ferm anqas minn numru mill-kaccaturi. Huwa biss jekk il-kaccaturi jinqabdu jisparaw lejn ghasafar ohra barra l-gamiem u s-summien fir-Rebbiegha li l-Unjoni Ewropea tkun tista terga tezamina l-ezenzjoni ta'Malta mir-regoli tal-Unjoni Ewropea".

      Il-Kelliem tal-AD ghall-ambjent Mark Causon sejjah lill-gvern biex jieqaf lill-kaccaturi.

      "L-abbuzi kontinwi f'dan is-settur qed jirvinaw r-reputazzjoni internazzjonali ta'pajjizna. Dan qed ihalli effett negattiv fuq it-turizmu u l-investiment minnhabba l-fatt li Malta qed tiehu l-fama ta'pajjiz fejn il-ligijiet m'humiex enforzata. Malta tista' tispicca biex thallas multi sostazjali lill-Unjoni Ewropea jekk il-kaccaturi jisparaw fuq speci ohra ta'ghasafar barra mill-gammiem u s-summien. Kif isostni The Economist Malta ghandha record f'dak li ghandu x'jaqsam ma kacca illegali"
       
      "Il-Maltin u l-Ghawdxin ghandhom jibghatu messagg car kontra l-kacca fir-Rebbiegha billi jivvutaw lill-kandidat tal-AD, il-Professur Arnold Cassola fl-elezzjonijiet ghall-parlament Ewropew ta'Gunju li gej. Fil-parlament Ewropew Arnold Cassola se jahdem biex Malta tibda tirrispetta r-regoli u d-direttivi kollha tal-Unjoni Ewropea f'dan il-qasam ", temm jghid Mark Causon.  

      James Debono

      Public Relations Officer

       

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