The Malta Government is being threatened from exercising its right as an EU Member State to apply correct derogations from EU Directive 79/409/EEC to still permit the continuance of Maltese traditional socio-cultural passions, as is norm in other EU Member States. This is making Maltese nationals, in particular the thousands of hunters and trappers, feel like 2nd class EU citizens.
The Petition which has been collected manually since February 2009 will mostly bear signatures of Maltese nationals, however signatures from non-Maltese, in particular from other EU citizens would be most welcome. This Petition is expected to run up to the end of June 2009, and it's full text states:
I the undersigned declare that I subscribe to the fundamental principle that all Maltese Nationals have the right to expect and should therefore be unconditionally granted and benefit from the same human and citizen rights as those enjoyed by other EU citizens in other EU Member States, on an equal level with all such other citizens.
I understand that this Petition which will be presented to the Malta Government and the Petitions Committee of the European Parliament by the Federation for Hunting and Conservation Malta (FKNK) is intended to uphold this same fundamental principle.
The Federation for Hunting and Conservation Malta (FKNK) is sponsoring this Petition.
The FKNK in brief: The National Association of Hunters and Trappers was formed on 17th September 1973, with the clear aim to preserve the Maltese traditional socio-cultural passions of migratory huntable wild birds hunting and capturing. This is still the primary goal today.
In May 1982 the Association changed its name to The Hunters’ Association and in July 1984 the Association again changed it's name by adding the word conservation.
On the 22nd June 1998 the Association's statute was reconstructed so as to form The Federation for Hunting & Conservation - Malta (Federazzjoni Kaċċaturi Nassaba Konservazzjonisti – FKNK) which incorporates an average of 23 Associations from as many districts and specific committees.
The Federation first received recognition from foreign shooting circles in June 1982. On the 11th September 1987, the Federation joined FACE (The Federation of Association for Hunting & Conservation in the EU), and as such is represented at FACE Board level. On the 26th May 1989, the Federation was also accepted as a member of CIC (The International Council for Game & Wildlife Conservation) and on the 6th July, 1995, the Maltese Federation was one of the founder members of AECT (The Association of Traditional Hunting in Europe). In the year 2000 the FKNK was also one of the founder members of the Communications Group within FACE, InterFACE.
In 2008 the FKNK formed part of FACE Members within the Mediterranean basin to set up FACE MED and became a member of ELO (European Landowners Organisation).
The FKNK is the largest NGO in the Maltese Islands with over 10,000 adult paid-up members in 2008.