Shooting of protected species on Malta
Large, colourful and rare bird species are still frequently targeted by poachers in Malta today. Particularly affected are birds of prey, storks, flamingos and herons.
Malta has an old tradition of hunting birds of prey. In the middle of the 20th century tens of thousands of buzzards, falcons, harriers and eagles were shot on the small archipelago each year. Pictures of hunters with mountains of shot raptors document the shocking extent of this cruel hobby. As a rule, the birds were not used - it was mainly about "hunting pleasure". This bird of prey hunt developed into a trophy hunt that still drives many hunters on Malta today. The birds are stuffed and land in taxidermy collections. Fanatical collectors have not only males and females as specimens of each species, but also juveniles and different colour variants. Hundreds of thousands of protected birds are in the hands of private trophy collectors on Malta.