Apparently the hunters’ federation (FKNK) has directed its members to ban access to their private property to members of the Ramblers Association all year round, in response to Ramblers joining the Spring Hunting Referendum initiative.
In response Alternattiva Demokratika has asked Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to instruct the Lands Registry Department to immediately produce maps on the ownership of Maltese countryside, so that all Maltese and Gozitans can know what land is really private and what public land has been stolen for years by private individuals for their own egoistic personal use.
Friends of the Earth (FoE) have also announced today that they will also be joining the Spring Hunting Referendum Campaign.
Press Release – 20/06/2013
The Ramblers’ Association welcomes and will join the initiative launched by Alternattiva Demokratika intended to kick start the process asking for a referendum to prohibit derogations permitting Spring hunting.
We feel that this step is complimentary to, and gives more punch to, the appeal by BirdLife and other NGOs which was a laudable first step in the same direction. AD’s move also gives more credence to the intention as in the meantime, action is being taken to ensure that the referendum will take place if the appeal is not heeded. It also indirectly sets a time frame for the process.
Not permitting the massacre of migrating birds in Spring will not only satisfy the majority of the people, it will also bring us truly in line with the EU’s Birds Directive and thus save successive governments, who covet votes by lobbies, the embarrassment of forcing them to ask for derogations.
A group of around 145 ramblers turned up for today?s walk, in excellent weather. From the Siggiewi main church (San Nikola), we made our way towards the hamlet of Hal Xluq with its picturesque chapel, dedicated to Marija Assunta. Nothing remains of the hamlet, except for the chapel itself. This chapel was built in 1596, on the site of an earlier chapel. The chapel was at one time used as a farmhouse, but is now in relatively good condition, and the feast of the Assumption is celebrated in the chapel in August. The chapel houses an 18th century organ that was recently restored by Robert Buhagiar, with Bank of Valletta funding. Continue reading