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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


Dec 10, 2016 alexa molnar
Dec 9, 2016 Cinthya Davis
Dec 9, 2016 Yvonne Autie Please stop the illegal killing of these birds. Recreational hunting during the spring is banned throughout Europe so please follow suit. Thank you.
Dec 8, 2016 Casey Kaemerer
Dec 8, 2016 Lara Hembom
Dec 8, 2016 yo pere
Dec 8, 2016 Patricia Malherbe
Dec 8, 2016 DM L
Dec 7, 2016 (Name not displayed) There is NO reason to hunt/kill migrating songbirds. This kind of activity provides nothing but ego satisfaction to those who can't get it in any other way. This needs to be STOPPED.
Dec 7, 2016 Karin Zimmermann
Dec 7, 2016 Pawla Chaumet Key phrase: "recreational...hunting" When necessary, kill to survive, eat, and perhaps protect, but no truly humane being kills for fun.
Dec 7, 2016 Julie Stuckey
Dec 6, 2016 Jacqueline Peter
Dec 6, 2016 Frank Ehmke
Dec 6, 2016 Sherry Mattocks
Dec 6, 2016 Jessica Wolf
Dec 5, 2016 Danny Chan
Dec 5, 2016 Petra Jones
Dec 5, 2016 Madeleine Gläser
Dec 5, 2016 Erika Czelenk
Dec 5, 2016 Karin Guenther
Dec 5, 2016 Cara McInerney
Dec 5, 2016 Mariana Lukacova
Dec 5, 2016 Marina Kotelnikova
Dec 5, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2016 Rudolf Mühl
Dec 4, 2016 Kathy Efthymiakopoulos
Dec 4, 2016 Basabi Banerjee
Dec 4, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2016 Marion Schorr
Dec 4, 2016 Silja Alter
Dec 4, 2016 Iris Reinhard
Dec 4, 2016 Marieke Van engeland
Dec 4, 2016 Collette Margaret
Dec 4, 2016 cornelia heppner
Dec 4, 2016 Angela Kohnke
Dec 4, 2016 MICHELLE LYNN
Dec 4, 2016 angelika wegner
Dec 4, 2016 gabriela seabra
Dec 4, 2016 Athina Peter
Dec 4, 2016 Heidrun Plöchl
Dec 4, 2016 Siegrid Roedel STOP HUNTING NOW
Dec 4, 2016 Myriam Vanden abbeelen
Dec 4, 2016 Gerlinde Holzer
Dec 4, 2016 Rolf Mense
Dec 4, 2016 Inge Stadler
Dec 4, 2016 paula martins
Dec 4, 2016 Vanna Pagnozzi
Dec 4, 2016 Djamila Grouci

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