Whether this ends up as a colossally bad decision remains to be seen. But for the time being, it looks like Maltese politician Karmenu Vella will probably be the European Union’s next environmental commissioner.
Malta, you might recall, has the dubious distinction of being a hotspot for illegal hunting of protected birds. (Like the felled Turtle Dove photographed above by the BBC.)
So European conservationists and birders expressed reservations about how well Vella would uphold EU laws. (After all, protection statutes are toothless if they’re not enforced throughout a bird’s migratory path.) During a confirmation hearing, Vella pledged to make sure the laws are implemented in all EU countries.
Meanwhile, back in Malta, the carnage appears to be continuing. BirdLife Malta posted about the suspected shooting of a Short-toed Eagle.