Travellers to Malta should be aware that there is a hardcore of dangerous, violent men who shoot any bird that moves and intimidate anyone that tries to stop them. Tourists have had their cars wrecked and even been shot at when they complained about the slaughter, which is completely illegal. Many holidays have been ruined in this way. The Maltese authorities are too scared of the hunters to do anything. It is estimated that the hunters kill over 500,000 protected birds a year, purely for their own sadistic pleasure.