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Hunting Organisations? #DramaQueens

The closer Malta etches towards a referendum on the abolishment of spring hunting, the more sensational and downright ludicrous the hunting community is acting in the public eye. The most recent event by far ranks in my Top 5  of “Are you Serious?” comments released to the press, in which two hunting organisations complained to the Education minister regarding a “biased” question in a Secondary School annual exam.

They say desperate times call for desperate measures – to which I include clutching at straws and becoming overly defensive. In an era were the general public is highly vexed with the hunting community’s shenanigans, and the same community seems to be losing its bargaining power vis-a-vis its number of votes, it has now resorted to defending itself from any thing which it perceives to be a threat.

The exam question, which translates to “Use the spaces below to list five Maltese plants that are becoming degraded as a result of unsustainable hunting and trapping (Photo credit: TimesofMalta)

In an open letter to the Education Minister (Are you Serious?), they called for the education system to cease the “brainwashing” of young minds against trapping and hunting. Even as I type this post I cannot help but smile at such a frivolous attempt at appearing like martyrs after years of arrogant conduct.

If St Hubert’s Hunters and the FKNK had actually properly read the question correctly (despite the FKNK’s assurance at reading and interpreting exam questions in their own open letter to the Minister), they could have grasped that the question is referring to unsustainable hunting and trapping practices, which if not regulated leave a damaging effect to the ecosystem.

No question was directly stating “List five damaging effects of hunting and trapping” – the word ‘unsustainable’ is not just a buzzword that people throw around to embellish sentences. It speaks volumes into the theory of sustainable development that accounts for social, ecological, political, financial and legal aspects of any issue. This exam question was clearly dealing with the ecological perspective of sustainable practices such as hunting and trapping.

Furthermore, St. Hubert’s Hunters actually repeated what the exam question was in fact trying to convey in their open letter (Are you Serious?):

“Subsequently we solicit Government to ensure that our children are educated in a manner that makes a clear distinction between the legal practice of sustainable hunting and trapping and the despicableillegal acts against protected birds”.

In conclusion, I would like to tie this with another recent story that is extremely pertinent to education in our schools. On the same day the FKNK released their statement, they also declared that an individual arrested inside a bird sanctuary for illegal hunting “was not a hunter but a misguided 16-year-old who was not yet old enough to hold a hunting licence”. So is it the schools and our educational system that are brainwashing our children against hunting?

All together now: ARE YOU SERIOUS???



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