1) Where are the Law Enforcement Squad??
2) Where are the tourists?
3) Why I am paying taxes and then I cannot enjoy the Maltese countryside - one of the most beautiful things in Malta compared to rest of Europe during Autumn/Winter!
Also, I am noticing that more bird-trap sites are laid recentely. Hope that the Gov maintains the promise according EU laws regards this thing which is banned in 2008.
But still I would not do it because:
1) it is true that the birds themselves would suffer;
2) and anyway I do not agree with confrontation of this type, because;
3) if the activity is legal then he does legally have a right to trap birds and
4) while you do (may) have a right to stand anywhere in the road no good at all will come of it except maybe next time you will find a brick wall.
this country is being hijacked by the few - it is time the silent majority speaks up
I am sure that because few bullies who in their mind have the equations:
[ Land = Birds = money] and
[Ramblers = no birds = no Money] and
[Illegal gates / signs + Intimidation = No ramblers = Land];
the much larger portion of public who remain silent, has to suffer intimidation and dont explore beutiful sites around the coasts of Malta. As an end result of this, all of us end up in the same few 'public' spaces such as crowded Buskett, Mtahleb and San Anton, weekend after weekend.
So in this respect I encoarage the work that Ramblers Association Malta do to make this goal a reality, but unf it all depends on the Big Bosses who rules the country (and Big Bosses are interested in BIGGER Pockets!)
Returning to prev point, I dont know how few hundreds of bulleys have a better say than hundred thousands of people, and why the latter do not show up to environmental demonstrations while the former are always united as a big gang in such demonstrations.
So, because of these hunters and trappers (most probably performing either illegal ownership of the land, or illegal catching of species), the rest 90% of public living on the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean have to be restricted from going to such places below:
PS: they are taken from our Malta RB, not Hollywood
We have it in black on white here from the MinisterRegarding the archaeological and historical sites that are held in private property, the Minister clarified that areas that have been taken over by Government through a President's proclamation prior to 1994, even though not paid for by the Government, such as Ras ir-Raheb, can be legally accessed by the public and not even the owner can prohibit access
MWP - may I add another bit to your equation
ramblers = numbers = access
the article in this link proves this [url]http://www.ramblersmalta.jointcomms.com/may1006.htm[/url
It is not my intention to do RAM publicity here ( personally I prefer roaming the countryside on my own without fear ) but to highlight this very very real problem of free access to some of the most beautiful places on the islands
My message was - Be reasonable. There are various conflicting activities taking place on this little rock.
The fact that you may not agree with what someone else is doing, does not generally make it the right decision to react in a confrontational manner, especially when the activity is legal, like it or not.
I would now not expect anyone to tell me not to pass from that road as it is now confirmed to be public, yet still I would not spend 20 minutes within 1 meter of those "gabjetti" either, for the reasons I gave initially - right or no right.
By the same reasoning one would choose to swim right underneath an angler's rod, since one has a right to, just as the angler has a right to fish in that particular spot.
Confrontation rarely gets you anywhere. It's true that some trappers/hunters have a bad attitude, but not all of them do. One thing I am constantly amazed when I visit Gozo is just what a big difference in attitude these people have, they often tell you not to worry and to pass right by their nets and to be careful not to trip, bla bla bla - the difference is truly unbelievable. We always say "bongu" and "grazzi" after this and this little effort is "insurance" for our next visit.
Let's put it this way - Many times we "find ourselves" in places that we really have no right to be in, so a bit of social lubricant works wonders.
If you allow (close an eye) for one case, you allow all, and the word travels quick between these guys with the result that soon the the country lanes become also bandid areas! Just my speculation!
Last Friday I was watching TV discussion on Super 1 (regards hunting/trapping) and was amazed with the amount of sms in favour of hunting (5:1 ratio).
In other words I really believe these hunters etc should realise that the countryside is not theirs for the taking .....I have just looked up some personal websites of tourists who come to Malta and their negative remarks on trappers are vociferous - in short hnting is a bad advert for the country ( never mind that every government licks their sorry asses... )
MWP - do not be surprised by the super one poll - if there is one thing I ( perversely ) admire about these people it is their sense of unity and COMMITMENT - one thing that is found wanting in the environmental camp .....REMEMBER that many many people felt deeply shocked by the ODZ revision this summer but only a thousand ( at best ) felt the COMMITMENT to stand up to be counted ...to our credit the hardcore folk on this forum were there
only one such movie in Germany or Great Britain during the hunting season in spring when people book theit summer holidays costs Malta thousands of tourists and millions of pounds.
Maybe Malta should think about improving its image in Europe. Its not just about who you want to like you, its about BIG MONEY.
Hope MTA tackles this issue and make some enphacy on MRA(E?) Minister on Rural afffairs (and environment?) with regards to law enforcement on trapping next 2008.
What I cannot understand is why the authorities do not put out dozens of skilled environmental officers roaming around. When I am for an outing in the countryside, I always notice lots of suspicious environmental law-infringments, and I am no expert of what is right or not.
What I suggest for tourism vs. hunting for a start is to ban all hunting and trapping 100m away from any touristic site such as Hagar Qim, Mnajdra, Ggantija, Ghar il-Kbir/cart ruts, and other examples that Mr.Wolf would definitely add more to the list.
I regret that I did not took a photo of a trapper, 1m away from ghar il-kbir with large birds in the cages (definitely not finches). I dont know why this is so difficult to impliment.
I am no environmental law expert, but as far as I know it is not illegal to trap finches (obviously in the open season) around Ghar il-Kbir or a number of other touristic sites - therefore wardens would not be able to do anything in this case although there are many other law-breaking activities that they could tackle