Government closes the hunting season until the 10th of October
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The Government in a statement today has announced that is it has “closed the autumn hunting season with immediate effect until the 10th of October when migration would be over. This follows several incidents in the last few days where criminals had gunned down in a continuous manner an unusually large influx of protected birds.”
The Government added that it had been clear from the outset that that while hunters must enjoy their rights, “it will not tolerate criminal behaviour, especially by persons who appeared to be conducting poaching for commercial reasons, such as taxidermy.”
“The vast majority of hunters practice their recreation in the a responsible manner, the very small minority of criminals are eroding the recreation of hunting to the detriment of the others,” the Government said.
“The Government increased law enforcement, which are now at the highest levels ever in our country, however, with what has happened in the past few days, some people still think that they could do what they want.”
The Government pointed out that it had already warned that such behaviour could lead to drastic measures, “and these steps have now been taken.”
“This step should serve as a warning to everybody. Above all, it should serve for the responsible hunters to increase their collaboration with the police and help them catch these criminals, some of whom are making money while spoiling other recreation of others,” the Government said.
Photo: Flock of 10 white storks this week.