Ramblers to join referendum against derogations

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.

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