“Shameful – vandalism, damage, theft and waste in an FKNK reserve.” These were the first words of a length post published by hunters federation FKNK (Federazzjoni Kaccaturi Nassaba Konservazzjonisti) after the discovery of a woefully vandalised area in Mellieha’s Tal-Ahrax reserve.
Photos posted by FKNK show that acts included vandalism, ‘vindicative’ damages, theft of signs and leaving behind of waste. The post also stated that such acts have been occurring on a regular basis during weekends, and regularly in FKNK reserves like L-Aħrax and Miżieb, more notably during the past 36 years of management by the organisation. It went on to highlight how this is a clear sign of the public’s easy access to such reserves, as opposed to others which are managed by other entities and NGOs and are normally blocked off by chains and gates.
The FKNK has appealed to the concerned authorities to appoint the Conservation Officers agreed upon by the MoU and FKNK to carry executive responsibility and erect new signs, CCTV cameras, bollards and gates, going on to appeal to the Police for further surveillance on such areas, especially during the weekends.
What do you make of this?