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Each year during the annual spring migration, thousands of birds are shot in Malta.

The Birds Directive is the European Union's oldest piece of nature legislation. It is designed to protect wild birds indigenous to the region, recognizing that the wild birds, including migratory birds, are part of Europe's shared natural heritage. Malta, however, misapplies an exemption from the Birds Directive which makes it the only European Union country that allows recreational spring hunting.

The derogation which allows Maltese hunters to hunt migrating birds was designed to protect public health and safety. The misapplication of the exemption every year results in the deaths thousands of vulnerable species such as quail and turtle dove which travel through Malta en route to their summer habitats. These vulnerable species are protected in other European nations, but inadequate protections in Malta during the spring hunt means they are often targets. Although the European Court of Justice ruled that Malta had repeatedly and illegally allowed spring hunting to take place, the European Commission (EC) is refusing to take action to stop it.

It's time to end Malta's abuse of the Birds Directive. Sign the petition calling on Commissioner for the Environment Karmenu Vella to enforce the European Court of Justice's decision to make all of Europe's skies safe for migrating birds.

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Dear Commissioner Karmenu Vella,

I am writing you to ask that you stop Malta's misapplication of a derogation which allows their citizens to shoot migratory birds each spring. The European Court of Justice ruled that Malta had repeatedly and illegally allowed spring hunting to take place. Now, Europe's migratory birds need your support to ensure the spring hunts in Malta end.

The Birds Directive derogation which allows Maltese hunters to hunt migrating birds was designed to protect public health and safety. The misapplication of the exemption every year results in the deaths thousands of members of vulnerable species such as quail and turtle dove which travel through Malta en route to their summer habitats. These vulnerable species are protected in other European nations, but inadequate protections in Malta during the spring hunt means they are often targets.

Malta is now the only European Union country that allows recreational spring hunting. It's time to make preservation and conservation the priority in the entire European Union. There can be no exceptions. Not for Malta, or any other EU member. Please stand by the European Court of Justice's decision and stop the spring hunts.

Thank you for your time,

Petition Signatures


Apr 18, 2018 Christine Fernando
Apr 16, 2018 Linda Payne
Apr 15, 2018 Robert Zampino
Apr 15, 2018 Jacqueline McGrath Curtis
Apr 14, 2018 Fawn Mcconnell
Apr 14, 2018 Lisa Carrara
Apr 14, 2018 Nancy Paskowitz
Apr 14, 2018 Jean Lambert
Apr 14, 2018 Barbara Hrybinczak
Apr 14, 2018 Ellen Iskes
Apr 14, 2018 galina Dzhaladyan
Apr 14, 2018 Marcia Leaser
Apr 14, 2018 Roberto Pauli
Apr 13, 2018 Carol Kaslander
Apr 13, 2018 Robert Whitaker
Apr 13, 2018 Julie Berberi
Apr 13, 2018 Jane Davidson
Apr 13, 2018 Barbara Ellis
Apr 13, 2018 Cecilia Rivas
Apr 13, 2018 joni moretti
Apr 13, 2018 Julie Craig
Apr 13, 2018 Tania D'Agostino
Apr 13, 2018 sheila mahoney
Apr 13, 2018 Glenda Kelly
Apr 13, 2018 Kathy Monaco
Apr 12, 2018 Tara Schuneman
Apr 12, 2018 Paula Jampsa
Apr 12, 2018 EMIR BOLUFFER
Apr 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2018 catherine cHUPARKOFF
Apr 11, 2018 Lourdes Almenara
Apr 11, 2018 georgina italy
Apr 10, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 9, 2018 Gina Lippa
Apr 9, 2018 Dolores Fleming
Apr 9, 2018 Paula Berry
Apr 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 9, 2018 Danielle Reimer
Apr 8, 2018 Michael Stevenson
Apr 8, 2018 Sian Street
Apr 7, 2018 Jessica Haag
Apr 7, 2018 Sally Allen
Apr 7, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Apr 7, 2018 Anne Haflich
Apr 7, 2018 Tasha Chenoweth
Apr 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 5, 2018 DEBBIE CONRAD
Apr 5, 2018 Laure Cleveland
Apr 5, 2018 Siti Zulaikha
Apr 5, 2018 Mira Waly

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