Maltese Police detain Chris Packham as he highlights the slaughter of migrating birds.

'Carnage': Chris Packham said he was willing to get shot to get his message across

 ‘Carnage': Chris Packham said he was willing to get shot to get his message across

Police grilled BBC wildlife presenter Chris Packham for five hours Saturday after he tried to film hunters slaughtering migratory birds in the Mediterranean. Just shows who some of the Maltese police support.

The Springwatch presenter was quizzed in Malta after his film crew filmed hunters for his website. The hunters claimed the footage being taken had breached their privacy.

Packham, 51, claimed at one point, he was threatened with arrest but said: ‘I did everything I could to be co-operative.’ he said “he wanted to cover the ‘carnage like a news team reporting a war”.

Before going to the island, he said: ‘I don’t care if I get shot. If that’s the cost of getting the message across that birds we expect to see in our gardens are dead in some Maltese field because of this senseless slaughter, I’m willing to pay the price.’

Packham voluntarily attended questioning, his agent said.

Malta has 10,750 registered hunters who are legally only allowed to shoot turtle doves and quail. However, charity BirdLife International claims four million birds are killed every year, including three million finches.

 

1 comment to Maltese Police detain Chris Packham as he highlights the slaughter of migrating birds.

  • kevin moore

    Things are no different here in the UK, the police in the Forest of Bowland are heavily associated with the shooting fraternity and they try to silence the ones that highlight and speak out against raptor persecution in the area.Last year two members of a local raptor group were detained by police falsely accusing them of disturbing nesting peregrine falcons. On a separate occasion another 2 raptor workers were arrested for a similar offence, after a 4 day trial all charges were dismissed and costs awarded against the police. A third raptor worker had his vehicle kicked in by a gamekeeper causing £1000 of damage,the same raptor worker was stopped on a public road by a police officer linked to shooting. The officer’s intent was to confiscate his vehicle, but could not do so because he had interpreted the Police Reform act 2000 incorrectly. The police finally provided an apology for what he had attempted to do.