FKNK, the Hunters’ Federation, in a press conference today stated that the request for an abrogative referendum to abolish spring hunting submitted through a petition signed by over 44,000 persons to the Electoral Commission a fortnight ago may set a dangerous precedent.
Dangerous? To whom may I ask?
The answer is quite simple: it endangers the backroom deals between the Hunters’ lobby and the Parliamentary political parties.
The abrogative referendum when held will be considered as a milestone in the political development of Malta: the contentious issue of spring hunting will be decided upon once and for all, democratically.
The abrogative referendum is a democratic tool which has been available for many years (since 1996) but which unfortunately was left idle for so long.