Raptor massacre in Malta

Disturbing news from the Guardian website on the killing of raptors in Malta and local hunters' rage towards British conservationists. This is hatred of the Crown gone way too far. The excerpt says it all:
Thirty British volunteers and a delegation of five staff from the RSPB have spent the last two weeks documenting the shooting of birds of prey such as osprey, honey buzzards, and marsh harriers as they fly over over the Mediterranean island on annual migratory routes. The volunteers estimate scores of rare birds protected by EU laws have been killed this year and claim the shootings have reached a new high... Malta and the neighbouring island of Gozo are a key stopover point for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds as they make the journey from Europe to spend winter in Africa.
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