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George Palmer (May 18) considers “bird killers” as a tiny minority, and in his opinion legal and illegal hunting are damaging Malta’s tourist industry and its moral reputation in the wider world. Considering he fails to distinguish between the legal and illegal aspects of hunting, considering both as “cruelty and killing”, his opinion can never contribute towards any rational solution to the problem of hunting abuse, common to all European member states.
Considering his bias, Mr Palmer suggests a referendum as the solution to Malta’s minuscule problem as opposed to far worse problems elsewhere, including his previous country of residence that did not resort to such extreme measures in order to resolve the issue. Clearly, having taken up residence in Gozo, undoubtedly knowing beforehand that hunting was widely practised thanks to the bad publicity, he now expects Malta’s government to implement his extremist ideals in order to ensure his sleep and that of his “red-eyed” friends.
Citing a few examples of abuse as a reason to ban the legal activities of the majority within the “tiny majority” he refers to, he mimics CABS, who, in order to produce a defamatory 20-minute documentary, mainly consisting of aerial shots not covered by permits, had to resort to filming what happened as far back as 13 years ago. He has every reason to laud their actions, since he is no less a radical. Having no interest in depicting fact, he gives vent to his disgust of hunting by joining the ranks of the tiny minority that have no qualms in tarnishing Malta’s reputation in order to reach their objectives.
Mr Palmer can rest assured that the objective he had in mind when writing his paltry letters has been made quite clear: Ban hunting because I loathe it!
Keep on dreaming Mr Palmer. There should be no problem with his sleep now that the hunting season is over and if he witnesses any abuse, report it.