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Letters

  • Night of the Oscars?

    To be honest, I am really not sure about the details surrounding the Malta International Dance and Competition which took place last Monday evening and early Tuesday morning at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. What I do know, however, is that...

  • Environmental conservation and us

    Victor Axiak wrote an interesting article on why he is voting ‘No’ in the spring hunting referendum, (‘The future must surely come’, The Sunday Times of Malta, March 15). I have been a student under his supervision and have only words of praise...

  • Who to believe?

    An important aspect of the spring hunting referendum is that we are given the facts. On the hunters’ side we are told the European court accepted that Malta can make use of a derogation, that the two types of birds hunted are of no concern and...

  • Tribute to an angel

    Tribute to an angel

    The parish church of Għajnsielem was packed. They all wanted to be as close to the family as much as possible but also to give a very strong hug to Leah, the six-year-old angel. The presence of so many children was very moving and they all gave...

  • Abolitionists and not lovers of the environment

    The Shout campaign is going overboard in its attempt to stop hunting in Malta. The public must be made aware that among the SHout campaigners there are declared abolitionists who many years back had declared that they will not stop their campaign...

  • Spring hunting referendum

    The anti-hunting organisations have certainly intensified their efforts to stop spring hunting. No doubt, this is the first step to stop hunting altogether in Malta. Somebody has already suggested that the police ought to withdraw all guns from...

  • Enough spring hunting?

    Spring hunting, which has been with us for many centuries, will stop if the referendum is not approved. Spring is closely associated with the killing of turtle doves and quail. However, hunters love the countryside and hunting can be described as...

  • Birds are afraid of the Maltese

    Many of us have experienced having a Spanish sparrow hop quite close to us while at some outdoor restaurant. These birds have become accustomed to people and will get fairly close since they don’t feel at risk. Elsewhere, pigeons will often get...

  • Why tolerate the intolerant?

    The Prime Minister recently asked the public to be tolerant towards hunters but, if I may ask, are hunters tolerant towards other citizens? They can just about hunt all year round, except for about three months, and, still, it is we, the members...

  • Hunters’ fuss

    Leafing through the pages of a brochure sent by the hunters’ lobby illustrating reasons why we should vote Yes, I came across a diagram showing, in percentage form, the time allotted for spring hunting every year. What surprised me was that...

  • Last casualties of war in Malta

    The 3/11 Regiment RMA (T) Association embraces Maltese former servicemen who served in the 3/11 Regiment Royal Malta Artillery. The association was founded in 1972, soon after the disbandment of the regiment, and has been continuously active...

  • More buses

    As we stood at a bus stop watching dangerously overloaded buses whizz by without stopping, my eight-year-old granddaughter asked a simple question: “why don’t they have more buses?” So simple, I’m surprised the Minister for Transport...

  • Boycotting the referendum

    In the April 11 referendum, those who proposed it will be voting No. Those who are in favour of spring hunting will be voting Yes. Then there are others who, like me, are against the actual principle behind this referendum, that is, the...

  • Open more pharmacies on Sunday

    Open more pharmacies on Sunday

    May I appeal to the relevant authorities to look into the antiquated system of pharmacies’ Sunday opening and bring it in line with all other retail outlets, especially in tourism zones. There are a total of seven pharmacies in St Paul’s Bay and...

  • Common property

    Common property

    I fully appreciate Sandro Vella’s love of the countryside (March 14) and that it should be available for use by one and all. And that the public should respect private property. The problem is not the countryside. The problem arises from the...

  • Hunting a way of life

    A lamb born in spring, once bouncing in the grass, ends up on your plate. The tender cut of venison, butchered while so young, ends up on your plate. The young tender lampuka, caught while on its migration to breed in better waters, ends up on our...

  • When birds arrived in ‘clouds’

    The BBC World’s most recent Hard Talk programme dealt with environmental conservation and Maltese hunting of quail and turtle doves featured prominently. The interviewee had been to Malta and claimed that diminishing numbers of the birds mentioned...

  • Pro-EU vote for hunting

    On a recent TV debate, Saviour Balzan, representing the Shout campaign, declared that he voted in favour of Malta joining the European Union in 2004. The retention of spring hunting was one of the salient points on the electoral manifesto of the...

  • Only a ban will work

    Sylvia Zarb Darmanin (March 30) said that the slaughter of 16,000 turtle doves and quails was a negligible number Does she really think that we are all so naive as to believe that the ‘so-called’ hunters in Malta would stop the slaughter at this...

  • Should we still name and shame?

    About seven years ago, the Labour media ethics committee had proposed not to publish the names of people charged in court before they are found guilty. This surely was a just and Christian proposal that should have been adhered to at least since...

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