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MEPs sign letter to Commission to stop Maltese abuse of EU laws on hunting and trapping

BirdLife Malta has been campaigning at the European Parliament in a bid to obtain signatures from MEPs for a letter to the European Commission to ask it to take action regarding Malta’s persistent abuse of EU regulations on hunting and trapping. Maltese MEPs are (so far) no where to be seen.

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Various MEPs signing BirdLife Malta’s letter to the European Commission to force Malta to abide by EU law (Photo credit: BirdLife Malta Twitter

This is not the first time that BirdLife Malta sought the help of MEPs to write directly to the European Commission. 33 MEPs from ten countries had written to then Commission for the Environment Janez Potočnik in March 2014 to engage a debate about spring hunting in Malta.

According to BirdLife Malta’s twitter feed, there have so far been 19 MEPs from 6 countries that have signed this petition, including:

  • Esther de Lange, Netherlands – European People’s Party (EPP)
  • Helga Stevens, Belgium – European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR)
  • Ashley Fox, United Kingdom – European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR)
  • Anneliese Dodds, United Kingdom – Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)
  • Linda McAvan, United Kingdom – Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)
  • Inese Vaidere, Latvia – European People’s Party (EPP)
  • Artis Pabriks, Latvia – European People’s Party (EPP)
  • Molly Scott Cato, United Kingdom – Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA)
  • Theresa Griffin, United Kingdom – Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)
  • Mary Honeyball, United Kingdom – Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)
  • Clare Moody, United Kingdom – Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)
  • Paul Brannen, United Kingdom – Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)
  • Jude Kirton-Darling, United Kingdom – Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)
  • Vicky Ford, United Kingdom – European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR)
  • Mark Desmesmaeker, Belgium – European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR)
  • Glenis Willmott, United Kingdom – Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)
  • Barbara Matera, Italy – European People’s Party (EPP)
  • Javor Benedek, Hungary – Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA)
  • Daniel Hannan, United Kingdom – European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR)

This list is not even the final one, so BirdLife will hopefully manage to garner more signatures than it did last year. However, we once again fail to see any of the Maltese MEPs taking a stand (unsurprisingly), even though both their European political groups (EPP and S&D) are already represented by MEPs in this petition.

While I was working as a Trainee with the European Commission, I attended a political lunch with Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola alongside my fellow colleagues. I had asked Dr Metsola regarding the Spring Hunting referendum, to which she answered that she had voted NO. As such, I am left wondering why Metsola did not sign this petition if she so calmly admitted that she is not in favour of spring hunting.

I am pretty sure that the stellar work which Metsola is currently doing on the Mediterranean migration crisis does not leave her much legroom for any other migration issue.

On a side note, compare BirdLife Malta’s work with that of opposing NGO FKNK. The former uses its bare resources to bring about a change through legal channels, while the latter has its CEO engaged as a paid consultant with the government to cheat its away to victory.

If Disney films have taught countless children anything, is that villains and cheaters always finish last…on that note, may I remind you all about birds and Disney:

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