Updated: Mar 17
The EU Commission’s anti-hunting/trapping bias is no secret, however, the Federation for Hunting and Conservation – Malta (FKNK) never expected that this prejudice would lead the Commission to commence legal proceedings against a scientific research programme!
In 2018, the European Court of Justice ruled against Malta’s tradition of live-finch capturing, mainly citing the limited information regarding the reference populations of the finches that migrate over the Maltese islands. So, in this concern, in the autumn of 2020 the Maltese Government developed and launched a research programme through the participation of the Maltese finch-trappers, which programme was similarly undertaken in the autumns of 2021 and 2022. The FKNK had immediately supported the research and offered to expand the study by bringing over foreign licenced bird-ringers to Malta, whose interventions could supply further important data to the programme. This because, the local licenced bird-ringers from BirdLife Malta, the jubilant instigators behind the Commission’s latest legal proceedings against the Maltese Government, would have nothing to do with the research programme.
The FKNK has already publicly declared that in full consultation with FACE (European Federation for Hunting and Conservation), the FKNK will again offer its complete resources backing, including its technical and legal expertise to the Maltese Government, also on behalf of its thousands of trapper members.
Finally, this newest Commission action against Maltese trappers, hunters, families and friends should moreover stimulate all Maltese and Gozitans to sign the FACE European Petition that will request the EU Commission to stop working against hunting in Europe, but instead to work with European hunters and trappers.