The Maltese hunters won at the weekend. The antis lost their referendum to ban spring hunting by 50.4% to 49.6% – just 2,200 votes. It was one of the most gruelling anti-hunting campaigns of modern times. The ‘No’ side fielded sobbing TV presenters such as Bill Oddie and Chris Packham. The ‘Yes’ side just had Maltese tradition to rely on – and a deep-seated mistrust of ‘Green’ politics. Charlie Jacoby visits Malta to see what all the fuss is about, goes out spring hunting and even runs into a gang of trespassing protesters who try to leg it.

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