This additional information was kindly provided by Sergei Golovkin, Head Wild Birds Regulation Unit Malta. It is a reply on the CABS news release, posted by IMPEL-ESIX on 23-03-2017 about illegal trapping in Malta
“It may be of interest to IMPEL-ESIX news subscribers to note that over the past two weeks, which coincided with a particularly intense spring migration of linnets (Linaria cannabina), amongst other passerine species, the Maltese enforcement authorities have indeed detected several illegal trapping incidents, albeit not on the scale reported by CABS.
As a result of patrols and enforcement action taken over the past two weeks, officers from Administrative Law Enforcement Unit of the Malta Police, officers from Gozo district police, and officers of the Wild Birds Regulation Unit’s Specialist Enforcement Branch carried out daily surveillance and patrols, as a result of which a total of 17 active illegal trapping sites were located and dismantled, 12 live protected birds used as live decoys seized, and various trapping paraphernalia confiscated.
As a result of these operations, two individuals were apprehended and are being prosecuted for illegal trapping of protected birds. Such an offence in Malta is punishable, on first conviction, with an up to €5,000 fine, confiscation of corpus delicti and suspension of licenses for between 2 and 5 years. However if the offenders were previously convicted for similar offences, the penalty goes up to €10,000 fine, permanent revocation of licenses, and / or to imprisonment for a term of between 6 months and two years.
I wish to emphasize that these enforcement operations are being carried out in a constant and routine manner, and contrary to CABS allegations of “tolerance” towards illegalities, enforcement is effective and produces the desired results.
In this context, it may be of interest to IMPEL-ESIX subscribers to note the latest report on the enforcement situation in Malta during the past autumn hunting season.
Download report (pdf) here: Enforcement Report – Autumn 2016 hunting season.
Of particular interest is the comparison of IKB and enforcement statistics over the past five years, which clearly puts the present situation in its proper context.”
Source: Head Wild bird regulations Malta