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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


Jul 25, 2017 Suzanne Lebon BAN ANIMAL CRUELTY Trump is Mentally Ill+Must Be Removed https://www.change.org/p/trump-is-mentally-ill-and-must-be-removed?recruiter=64214438&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=mob-xs-share_petition-reason_msg
Jul 25, 2017 Rosie Albanese
Jul 25, 2017 Marina Batchaeva Marina Batchaeva
Jul 24, 2017 Yola Stavridou
Jul 23, 2017 Angela Moore
Jul 23, 2017 tami mccready
Jul 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2017 tammy bullock
Jul 22, 2017 Steven Schueller
Jul 22, 2017 Jodi Carlin
Jul 22, 2017 Leigha Henson
Jul 22, 2017 Sara Willis
Jul 22, 2017 Rita Malpus
Jul 21, 2017 elizabeth birkett
Jul 21, 2017 yvonne FOURGOUS
Jul 20, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Jul 20, 2017 William Tarbox OMG! This is some of the most horrible "hobbies" humans engage in! It decimates bird populations as well as tortures many birds for a persons "bird collection". It MUST STOP!
Jul 20, 2017 Susan Bain
Jul 20, 2017 Tatiana Plakhova
Jul 20, 2017 Inga Frauke Majer
Jul 20, 2017 Atenéia Araújo
Jul 20, 2017 yvonne Ryder
Jul 19, 2017 Aurelia Gergely
Jul 19, 2017 mary walton
Jul 19, 2017 Janet Cameron
Jul 18, 2017 Maja Passchier
Jul 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2017 Linda Cypert
Jul 16, 2017 K. Zi
Jul 16, 2017 Sevasti Kaziales
Jul 16, 2017 Susan Walsh
Jul 16, 2017 Terra Detle-Jamieson
Jul 15, 2017 charin Suárez
Jul 15, 2017 Maribel Garcia
Jul 15, 2017 Carolyn Powers
Jul 14, 2017 Rex De Silva
Jul 14, 2017 karen fostel
Jul 14, 2017 debbie williams sad
Jul 14, 2017 Joseph Herrmann
Jul 14, 2017 Melanie Cameron
Jul 14, 2017 Yvette Lantz
Jul 14, 2017 kimberley Richardson
Jul 14, 2017 Nicholas Eason
Jul 14, 2017 Linda Hunt
Jul 12, 2017 Maria Macpherson
Jul 12, 2017 Serenella Castri
Jul 12, 2017 Shayne O'Brien
Jul 12, 2017 Carolina Nunes
Jul 12, 2017 Lou Iannucci
Jul 11, 2017 Joseph Nigro

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