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Alternattiva Demokratika reaffirm position against spring hunting, trapping

With Labour and PN once again ‘trying to please the hunting community’, Alternattiva Demokratika said it remained against spring hunting and trapping

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Miriam Dalli
16 May 2017, 11:12am
Finch trapping was banned in 2009 but re-introduced in 2014
Finch trapping was banned in 2009 but re-introduced in 2014
Alternattiva Demokratika said it remained against spring hunting and trapping as the Labour and PN have once again come out in favour of spring hunting. Both parties have also pledged to retain autumn trapping – as long as the European Court of Justice rules in favour of the government.

Simon Galea, AD candidate on district 12, said that the major political parties were “promising anything under the stars in order to gain votes”.

“Trying to please the hunting community includes defending unsustainable practices such as spring hunting and trapping which both are illegal under EU legislation,” Galea said.

“This time round, both Joseph Muscat and Simon Busuttil  took a step further since the first is promising to lower penalties pertaining to hunting infringements whilst Simon Busuttil is busy telling us about how proud he is that he voted in favour of more bird slaughter during the spring hunting referendum… whilst at the same time it seems that he told some conservationists that he is in fact against spring hunting.”

Galea said that contrary to both parties, the Green Party has always been on the forefront in the struggle for nature protection and in favour of biodiversity and animal welfare.

“AD was always consistent in its position against trapping and against spring hunting. AD called for a referendum where it was joined by a number of environmental NGOs and individuals, since AD puts nature and animal welfare before votes.”

On his part, AD chairperson Arnold Cassola said: “In this day and age where the need of protecting what is left of nature is ever more important it is very sad to have leaders of both PL and PN stoop so low.

“AD can guarantee its commitment on nature protection and animal welfare. Busuttil and Muscat falling over each other to appease the hunting lobby is yet another example of them appeasing strong and arrogant lobbies to the detriment of everyone else. I encourage the electorate to stop getting more of the same through wasting their vote on PN or PL and instead Vote Clean, Vote Green.”

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Miriam Dalli joined MaltaToday.com.mt in 2010 and was assistant editor fr...