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German Ambassador rejects hunters’ defence

The German Ambassador has rejected the defence of hunting as a traditional pastime, saying it no longer serves its original useful purpose.

“Today, hunting as a sport to kill animals .... is a tradition that is overdue to disappear from our planet,” Hubert Ziegler told The Times in reaction to letters slamming his interview with The Sunday Times.

“They remind me of my childhood when I argued with my parents because my friends were allowed to do things I was forbidden to do – and  I wanted to have the same rights.

“The Maltese bird hunters’ arguments go in the same direction when they justify the killing of thousands of birds [and their request for derogations] with the killing of more birds and possibly more derogations.”

He reiterated his opposition to all  hunting, including in Germany.

Full story in The Times

See FKNK reaction to original interview here and the ambassador's original interview here.

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