EU COURT RULES FINCH TRAPPING IN MALTA IS ILLEGAL

06/25/2018

On June 20, the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Malta broke EU law by allowing the hunting and trapping of wild finch species. The ECJ declared that Malta failed to fulfill its obligations under the European Wild Birds Directive by adopting a derogation regime that allowed the live-capturing of seven species of wild finches. Finch-trapping was once common across Europe, but the introduction of the EU's Wild Birds Directive, which aims to conserve avian species and prevent habitat destruction, has effectively rolled back the practice. The ECJ's ruling effectively outlaws the trapping of the following protected finch species: siskins, goldfinches, European serins, linnets, greenfinches, common chaffinches, and hawfinches. For the full story, see https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/21/maltas-barbaric-fin… and https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20180621/local/no-more-bird-….