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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 2, 2016 dorothy henry
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Nov 26, 2016 Sally Hughes
Nov 25, 2016 Ana de de Albuquerque
Nov 22, 2016 Paula Lewis
Nov 22, 2016 BobbyKat LittleCub
Nov 21, 2016 Roshanee Lappe
Nov 21, 2016 Barb Rifer
Nov 21, 2016 V. Porter
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Nov 20, 2016 sandra baptistela
Nov 20, 2016 Lisa Sherman
Nov 20, 2016 J. Scott
Nov 20, 2016 Philo Caps
Nov 20, 2016 Michael Ryan
Nov 20, 2016 Roy Hunt
Nov 19, 2016 Eileen Fiorentino
Nov 18, 2016 Stephen Garland
Nov 17, 2016 Jennifer O'Dwyer
Nov 17, 2016 R van strien
Nov 17, 2016 Kathleen Zoll
Nov 16, 2016 Debra Hunt
Nov 16, 2016 Lynn Kahl
Nov 16, 2016 Joan Welte
Nov 16, 2016 Tanja Schacht
Nov 15, 2016 Marsha Croner
Nov 14, 2016 Debra Raymond
Nov 14, 2016 Jennifer Gyory
Nov 14, 2016 Choky Alvarez
Nov 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2016 Sharon brink The need to kill should not be supported.
Nov 13, 2016 Cynthia Haynes
Nov 11, 2016 LESLIE CIRIGLIANO
Nov 9, 2016 Louis Schornoz
Nov 9, 2016 Mariann Adcock
Nov 9, 2016 Garo Kassabian
Nov 9, 2016 Sheryl Gledhill
Nov 9, 2016 Caroline McCord
Nov 9, 2016 Erika Rajecki
Nov 8, 2016 ibrahim rexhepi
Nov 8, 2016 nathalie guyonvarch
Nov 8, 2016 Margy Renner
Nov 8, 2016 Miryam Fonken
Nov 8, 2016 susan pitman
Nov 7, 2016 Patty Hart
Nov 7, 2016 Tracy Davis
Nov 7, 2016 June Helker
Nov 7, 2016 Ingrid Heckl
Nov 7, 2016 Michelle Carter

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