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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


May 4, 2016 Kelle Rivers
May 4, 2016 Linda Bescript Humans seem to enjoy killing whatever they can, whenever they can. Disgusting.
May 3, 2016 Lori Elkins WTF is wrong with humans. Kill everything that moves. Killing for sport is bullshit. Killing for trophy's should be abolished and killing period is fucked.
May 3, 2016 (Name not displayed) Stop hunting! It's no longer cool to hunt for trophies. Dead animals are disgusting. Find something else to do with your time. Do something helpful, not destructive.
May 3, 2016 Akiko Kimura
May 3, 2016 Юлия Васильева
May 3, 2016 Olya Almazova
May 2, 2016 Amy Sharpe
May 1, 2016 Jolie Graf
May 1, 2016 Jan Sloat
Apr 30, 2016 marcy battershell
Apr 30, 2016 Laney Smith Leave these poor creatures alone. They r jus doing what nature dictates and nature doesn't dictate a slaughter for these birds !!!!
Apr 30, 2016 Jean T Truitt
Apr 30, 2016 Leslie Marlin
Apr 29, 2016 Anne Pintozzi
Apr 29, 2016 Margaret Randall
Apr 29, 2016 Margaret Barrar
Apr 29, 2016 Katalin Kónya-Jakus
Apr 28, 2016 Brandi Bell
Apr 28, 2016 Jay Baum
Apr 28, 2016 Daniella MACOR
Apr 27, 2016 Mary Best
Apr 27, 2016 Dawn Franklin
Apr 27, 2016 Jessica Canan
Apr 27, 2016 Theresa Jackson
Apr 27, 2016 William Weaver
Apr 27, 2016 mary mcbride
Apr 26, 2016 Charlene Novak
Apr 25, 2016 Monika Pellegrini
Apr 24, 2016 Sandra Morujo
Apr 24, 2016 Susan Brittain
Apr 24, 2016 Алексей Жезлов
Apr 23, 2016 Nina Carey
Apr 22, 2016 Deborah Brown
Apr 22, 2016 Janice Flood
Apr 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2016 constance Jimenez
Apr 21, 2016 Katie Hitchcock
Apr 21, 2016 Meagen Moeller
Apr 21, 2016 Ellen McCann
Apr 21, 2016 María Rodríguez
Apr 21, 2016 Andrés Aguilera
Apr 21, 2016 Claudio Bucci
Apr 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2016 Lorraine Smith
Apr 20, 2016 Rebecca Andrew
Apr 18, 2016 Claire mccullagh
Apr 18, 2016 Magdalena Czeblakow
Apr 18, 2016 Gulnara Syulgina
Apr 17, 2016 Susannah Gelbart

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