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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


Feb 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2017 Rossana Ceja
Feb 21, 2017 Theresa Crovello
Feb 21, 2017 Lisa Voile
Feb 21, 2017 Maria Johnson
Feb 21, 2017 S Sinclaire Recreational hunting? That says it all. NO RECREATIONAL HUNTING.
Feb 21, 2017 Laurie Collis
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2017 Jodi Perkins
Feb 21, 2017 julie munson
Feb 21, 2017 José Ángel
Feb 20, 2017 Brooke Goodhue
Feb 19, 2017 Major Escape
Feb 19, 2017 Kim Miller
Feb 19, 2017 Eva Duda-Blaj
Feb 19, 2017 Jeannette Andersen
Feb 19, 2017 Sandrine STAMM
Feb 18, 2017 Natalia Smirnova
Feb 18, 2017 Janet Roberts It should be obvious that this type of action needs to stop.
Feb 17, 2017 Glenda Foreman
Feb 17, 2017 Carol Graves
Feb 17, 2017 Jamie Petsitis
Feb 16, 2017 janice pemberton
Feb 16, 2017 Graeme Bluett
Feb 16, 2017 HOWARD BLOCK
Feb 16, 2017 Jean-Claude Morin
Feb 16, 2017 OSVALDO TOMAS
Feb 16, 2017 Kerry Lang
Feb 16, 2017 Marion Kreuscher
Feb 16, 2017 victoria suffield
Feb 15, 2017 suzanne nadeau
Feb 15, 2017 Linda Howe
Feb 15, 2017 Kim Warmington
Feb 15, 2017 Cary Provol
Feb 14, 2017 Cheryll Labovitz Stop the killing.
Feb 14, 2017 Deborah Thompson
Feb 14, 2017 Heidi Moschetti
Feb 14, 2017 Lisa Baligioni
Feb 14, 2017 Ray Raymond
Feb 14, 2017 Lynn Ronconi
Feb 14, 2017 Ulla Neuvonen
Feb 14, 2017 Susan Francis WE ARE ALL WATCHING YOU!
Feb 13, 2017 Claude Roulet
Feb 12, 2017 amelia vitale
Feb 11, 2017 Jan Meyer
Feb 10, 2017 Donna Wolz
Feb 10, 2017 krn leon
Feb 10, 2017 Claudia Alraun
Feb 9, 2017 Lazara Gill
Feb 9, 2017 Leslie Dancer

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