The Maltese people have voted by a very small margin, 51:49, to keep spring hunting.
That’s very, very close but it’s a result.
I wonder what the next step is. Maybe our wildlife NGOs really should think of a campaign to boycott Malta now. The accepted wisdom has been that too hard a campaign from outside Malta would be counter-productive and the decision should be left to the Maltese people. Well, that might have been the right thing to do but it hasn’t delivered yet. And I mean that it might have been the right thing to do – perhaps the ‘Yes’ majority would have been higher if there had been lots of shouting and threats from outside Malta. I’m not in a position to judge.
My thoughts and sympathy go out to BirdLife Malta and those from the UK (including LACS, Bill Oddie and Chris Packham (and friends)) who have put so much effort into raising the issue over the last year and for much longer.
But it is the birds, Europe’s birds, our birds, German birds, Italian birds, all of our birds, that suffer the most from this democratic decision.