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FKNK has already started the political blackmail for the 2018 general election

It has a been long supported theory that the Maltese hunting community uses its strength in numbers to influence political parties into giving them what they want. With every new hunting related press release in Malta, this theory becomes even more verified. In fact, I can confidently state that the Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FKNK) is slowly digressing from their main aim of supposed conservation to a bunch of politically blackmailing twats.

Hunters using their vote as a bargaining chip in 1993 during a protest. The banner reads ‘15,000 hunters + wives + extended kin = votes’. This led to hunting laws being relaxed prior to the 1996 general election. If this has happened before, who will say it has not or will not happen again? (Source: Falzon, M.A. (2008). Flights of Passion: Hunting, ecology and politics in Malta and the Mediterranean. Anthropology Today, 24 (1), pp. 15-20.)

Hunters using their vote as a bargaining chip in 1993 during a protest. The banner reads ‘15,000 hunters + wives + extended kin = votes’. This led to hunting laws being relaxed prior to the 1996 general election. Here is the FKNK in 2014 at it again, implying that minors will be eligible voters in the 2018 general election. (Source: Falzon, M.A. (2008). Flights of Passion: Hunting, ecology and politics in Malta and the Mediterranean. Anthropology Today, 24 (1), pp. 15-20.)

Yes, I used the word ‘twats’ specifically because it takes a certain level of ‘fool’ to use political blackmail to get what you want. The FKNK issued a new press release that reads the following:

“Minors’ signatures are being used to bolster a petition to block the spring hunting referendum, Times of Malta has learnt.

Hunters’ federation president Joe Perici Calascione confirmed that signatories included a number of minors but denied media reports that hunters had already collected 90,000 signatures.

“All those who signed are Maltese citizens and ID card holders. They are not all of voting age,” he said, adding that these would all be 18 by the next general election in 2018

The last sentence is basically a warning to the current Government and to the Opposition which goes something like this: “by the next general election we will have increased the number of eligible voters in the hunting community, so you had better give us what we want and not interfere with the spring hunting derogation or else we will not vote for you again”.

The FKNK is an organisation representing a group of selfish individuals that like to think themselves living in an undemocratic and/or communist country, where political blackmail gives you a certain degree of leverage. Whilst not all hunters are ‘created twats’ and are simply victims of circumstance, there can never be an opportunity to reason with the FKNK when it stomps its feet at any sign of disagreement and uses votes as a bargaining tool. No wonder every Maltese government has systematically failed to find a solution or even compromise on the issue of hunting.

Luckily for the general public (and unluckily for the foolish and undemocratic hunters), Malta is a democratic country and people can legally call for a referendum on the issue of spring hunting. The big question is this: should the referendum pass, would the government adopt the result or will it cower at the thought of losing thousands of votes from the hunting communit

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