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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


Mar 28, 2017 Erika McLeod
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Mar 27, 2017 Sheila Dalton
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Mar 26, 2017 Marcos Carrillo
Mar 26, 2017 Linda Rohret
Mar 26, 2017 Nancy Rogers
Mar 26, 2017 Wini Allard
Mar 25, 2017 Kyriaki P
Mar 25, 2017 Elise Love
Mar 25, 2017 Alice VanKoevering
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Mar 24, 2017 GERI GASIOROWSKI
Mar 24, 2017 ALESSANDRO ROMEO
Mar 23, 2017 Pablo Ernesto Vigneaux Wilton
Mar 23, 2017 Theresa Meade
Mar 23, 2017 Deborah Boychuk
Mar 23, 2017 Uli Casares
Mar 23, 2017 Emily Howell
Mar 23, 2017 Torunn Hvilsten
Mar 23, 2017 lia schiltmans
Mar 23, 2017 tammy oare
Mar 20, 2017 Adele Knox-Roberts
Mar 20, 2017 robin mater
Mar 20, 2017 Jamie Sandusky
Mar 20, 2017 Hannah Weil
Mar 20, 2017 Jennifer Lindridge
Mar 19, 2017 Ellen Prior
Mar 19, 2017 Sanna Peitso-Sesay You must have other things to eat in Malta - in spring and through all other seasons!?
Mar 19, 2017 Reguel Steinbock
Mar 18, 2017 Ray Morris
Mar 17, 2017 Myrna Alvarado
Mar 17, 2017 Ani Tsultrim Wangmo
Mar 17, 2017 eileen Juric
Mar 17, 2017 angie moredock
Mar 17, 2017 Laura LaRocca
Mar 16, 2017 P Plunkett
Mar 16, 2017 Susan Benavidez
Mar 16, 2017 Heidi Mugrauer
Mar 16, 2017 Hart Palmer
Mar 15, 2017 Chay Krasner
Mar 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2017 Dianna Brown
Mar 15, 2017 Erika Tamar
Mar 15, 2017 Sandra Forman
Mar 14, 2017 Barb Breese
Mar 14, 2017 Jill Polanycia

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