CABS News 20-03-2017
Despite a bird trapping ban in spring poachers have literally paved the Maltese coastline with several hundreds of illegal clap-nets to catch finches and other songbirds. An aerial survey from last week revealed a record number of 133 active trapping sites concentrated in coastal areas on one single morning. Illegal trapping sites have been also found inland in the middle of grain fields as well on the roof of Fort Ricasoli in Kalkara.
The situation proves that Malta is not complying with its claimed “zero tolerance” towards trapping illegalities Last week the A.L.E. confirmed to us that they have only one patrol on duty. It is hard to believe that this is just a planning error. It much more seems that the government is actively preventing that trappers are caught by limiting police resources to nearly zero during peak season for illegalities.
See recent video: “Catch me if you can – Illegal finch trapping on Malta 2017 – filmed by CABS”.