Malta – 17. 03. 2020
Maltese poachers take advantage of reduced police resources to control illegal trapping
Malta. The Administrative Law Enforcement (A.L.E.) – the police unit enforcing the hunting law on Malta – are currently busy with other duties in relation with the current Corona crisis. The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) expressed its full support for this decision and at the same time stated that illegal bird trappers are taking advantage of the situation. “Illegal trapping is rampant everywhere and the poachers know that the A.L.E. have no resources to catch them”, CABS Wildlife Crime Officer Fiona Burrows said.
In a statement published on its Facebook page CABS said that it has cancelled most of its operations and bird protection camps in the Mediterranean. “Due to the restrictions and quarantine regulations being rolled out across Europe in recent days and the inevitable escalation in the coming days and weeks, we have decided to suspend our volunteer-based bird protection camps this spring until further notice. Today's decision and announcement is primarily being implemented with the motive of keeping people safe. In doing so, we want to show the urgent need for solidarity by not travelling, without which the virus will spread too quickly and thus bring our health systems to breaking point. However, despite the cancellation of the large volunteer-based bird protection camps, we do have CABS staff, members and affilitates present in all our operational areas. Therefore, we will maintain a minimum presence in northern and southern Italy, Malta, Cyprus and Lebanon; and our local partners and teams will remain active within the framework of the circumstances made possible by the authorities”.
On Malta local-based CABS staff members and volunteers are continuing to monitor compliance with hunting law. Since the beginning of last week nine cases of illegal trapping were filmed in St. Paul´s Bay, Wardija, Ta Santi, Tal Palma, Mistra Bay, Fawwara and in Delimara. On 11th March one trapper was caught red handed in a field below Selmun Palace and had his nets and 16 live decoys – mostly Linnets - confiscated by the police. “Video evidence for the other eight cases have been sent to the police”, Mrs. Burrows said adding that for the time being all CABS reports to the police will be submitted via Email and DVD to be dealt with when the virus situation relaxes.
Contact for more information: CABS Press Officer Axel Hirschfeld, +49 1794803805 or Email to CABS@komitee.de