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Malta - Poachers sentenced to jail terms

Court imposes severe sentences for shooting down of White Storks

Several White Storks were illegally shot over Malta in spring 2011 (© Manfred Heyde/Wikimedia)Several White Storks were illegally shot over Malta in spring 2011 (© Manfred Heyde/Wikimedia)On 6 July 2011 a Maltese court imposed prison sentences and severe fines on two poachers.

One of the men was caught by the environmental police on 18 May this year near Zurrieq with a freshly-killed White Stork and a loaded weapon. He was sentenced to two years imprisonment without probation and was fined 9,000 €.

On the same day, a witness saw the poacher shooting at White Storks circling over Madliena. He informed the police who arrived shortly afterwards and who themselves observed the man aiming at the birds which at that stage were however out of range. A day later a dead White Stork was found in the vicinity. The man was sentenced to one years imprisonment - also without probation - and was ordered to pay a fine of 5,000 €.

The poachers‘ weapons did not comply with regulations and they were in possession of illegal hunting cartridges. As they were repeat offenders the court confiscated their hunting licences for life!

The case is reported in the Times of Malta here