Maltese hunter fined €4,600 for shooting short-toed eagle

We have just heard that A 24-year-old man from Luqa on the island of Malta was this morning fined €4,600 after he pleaded guilty to hunting a protected bird of prey at is-Salib tall-Gholja last Wednesday. As far as we are aware this is the first time any Maltese court has imposed such a drastic sentence as a warning to other hunters on the island. Well done to the magistrate and of course to the police who helped bring the hunter to justice.


Short-toed eagle (snake eagle) circaetus gallicus.

Inspector Ramon Mercieca, the prosecuting officer, accused the man of shooting down a Short-Toed Eagle, which is listed as a protected species. Allan Farrugia also admitted holding a short-toed snake eagle circaetus gallicus, keeping protected birds, having 75 stuffed protected birds and carrying out taxidermy operations.

His lawyer, Adrian Camilleri, asked the court to take into consideration his clients cooperation with the police.

Magistrate Doreen Clarke also disqualified him from hunting for three years and ordered the confiscation of his taxidermy tools, two shotguns and his vehicle confiscated.





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