Malta:Coalition for the Abolition of Spring Hunting replies to objections in court

The Coalition for the Abolition of Spring Hunting in Malta have submitted their replies to the objections filed last month in the Constitutional Court.


Photo: Turtle Doves by David Tipling.

“The replies are presented by the proposers of an abrogative referendum to abolish Spring Hunting to respond to objections filed by representatives of the FKNK (Federation for Hunting and Conservation) Mr Perici Calascione and Mr Farrugia, as well as separate replies to respond to the objections presented by representatives of KSU (Kaccaturi San Ubertu) Mr Mifsud Bonnici, Mr Zammit and Mr Xuereb,” the Coalition said in its statement this afternoon.

The Coalition said that it now looks forward to the last step in the process which will allow an abrogative referendum to be held on Subsidiary Legislation 504.94 – Legal Notice 221 of 2010, which allows a Derogation to open a Spring Hunting Season for Turtledove and Quail.

It added that they now await the hearing in the Constitutional Court, which will make the final decision.

The Coalition said that it “also encourages people to get informed and to be involved in this democratic process, as it is only with the support of 41,494 persons that signed the petition that this stage has been reached and together it will finally be possible to stop spring hunting in Malta once and for all.”

The Coalition for the Abolition of Spring Hunting is formed by 14 environmental organisations in Malta to rally support, and lobby for an abrogative referendum on Spring Hunting.


BirdLife Malta members holding birds shot by hunters

The organisations are: Alternattiva Demokratika, BirdLife Malta, Coalition for Animal Rights, Din L-Art Helwa, Flimkien ghal-Ambjent Ahjar, Friends of the Earth Malta, Gaia Foundation, Greenhouse, International Animal Rescue Malta, Malta Organic Agriculture Movement, Moviment Graffiit, Nature Trust, Ramblers Association Malta, Youth for the Environment.

Statement by AD

Alternattiva Demokratika deputy Chairperson also said in a statement that, “this marks the beginning of the last stage which leads to a precise date for the holding of the referendum, which would abolish hunting in Spring once and for all.

“The Constitutional court has around three months to hear the oral submissions of the interested parties and to then decide on the admissibility of the referendum request. By the end of January, at the latest, we should know the outcome.”

AD Chairperson, Prof. Arnold Cassola, said, “we at AD are proud that since our foundation in 1989 we have been consistently working to abolish spring hunting. We are proud to have worked closely with other environmental organisations to make this dream come true.

“We would like to thank again all those that signed the petition since -in the absence of any government action- through their signature they exercised their rights in such a way as to be able to give the opportunity to all the Maltese people to decide on the issue through their vote in a referendum. This is a democratic expression of the highest kind.”


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