Conservationists mobilise to halt mass slaughter of birds in Malta

It is Europe’s worst and most senseless wildlife massacre, resulting in the annual death of thousands of birds about to breed all over the continent. But this spring, conservationists are heading for the Mediterranean to help end it.

The Maltese bird hunt, a mass slaughter of spring migrant birds, has been illegal since the island joined the European Union in 2004, but the government has allowed it to continue in spite of the new rules.

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Updated: February 17, 2012 — 7:38 pm

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