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Malta votes to continue controversial spring bird hunting

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By Euronews
Malta votes to continue controversial spring bird hunting

Malta has narrowly voted in a referendum not to ban spring hunting, in which migrating birds are shot before they can breed.

Campaigners for the ban have conceded defeat after pro-hunt activists won an estimated 51 percent of the vote.

Critics say large number of turtle doves and quail are shot as they fly over Malta towards Europe.