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Title: Bird hunting and trapping in Malta : an approach to identify the potential factors that cause law infringements
Authors: Galea, Josef
Keywords: Bird trapping -- Malta
Game laws -- Malta
Fowling -- Malta
Hunting -- Malta
Birds -- Conservation -- Law and legislation -- European Union countries
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: Bird hunting and trapping in Malta has always been a contested issue. NGOs claim that hunters are killing many protected species and assert that trapping is carried out on a highly non-selective basis. On the other hand hunters and trappers argue that they kill or trap a relatively small amount of birds, of particular species which are not at risk. In May 2004, Malta joined the European Union and in 2008 the Commission of the European Communities instituted proceedings against Malta before the European Court of Justice (C76/2008) for failing to fulfil the obligations of the Birds Directive, where the ECJ ruled that Malta had failed to fulfil the obligations of the Birds Directive when it allowed a spring hunting season between 2004 and 2007. However, the ECJ also ruled that in autumn there are insufficient hunting opportunities in Malta and the presence of migratory birds in autumn did not constitute a satisfactory solution. The researcher conducted this study using a triangulation approach so as to be able to merge all the qualitative data with the quantitative data. The quantitative data was collected from the Administrative Law Enforcement offices in Floriana through the examination of various charge books while the qualitative data was gathered through semi-structured interviews. The gathered data was transferred into a software package called MapInfo through the help of Prof. Saviour Formosa. The aim of this dissertation was to identify any potential factors that lead a person to commit hunting and trapping related offences. This research analysed hunting and trapping related offences that occurred in Malta between 2000 and 2014. In so doing, the researcher sought to identify how many persons were arraigned in Court over hunting and trapping infringements, establish a generic offender profile, identify potential crime locations or areas that are at risk and propose real crime prevention measures.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacSoW - 2016
Dissertations - FacSoWCri - 2016

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