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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


Oct 23, 2017 Fabian Müller
Oct 22, 2017 Doreen DeLuca
Oct 21, 2017 Vincenzo Taffoni
Oct 21, 2017 Bonnie Spangenberg
Oct 20, 2017 AngiAngi Beckett
Oct 20, 2017 Monica Preis
Oct 20, 2017 wendy woodward
Oct 20, 2017 Tracy Barnard
Oct 20, 2017 Dianne Lynch
Oct 20, 2017 C. Scott
Oct 19, 2017 Sophia Lim
Oct 19, 2017 Petra Klages
Oct 19, 2017 Carlos Ramirez
Oct 19, 2017 Alson Sachs
Oct 19, 2017 Carlyn Pruess
Oct 18, 2017 Chris O'Grady Share on your social media XX
Oct 16, 2017 Kelly Hahn
Oct 16, 2017 Terri Robb
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2017 Barbara Nistler
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 13, 2017 Susan Ho I hate all kinds of hunting! It's cruel no matter how you see it.
Oct 13, 2017 Giovanna Martinez
Oct 13, 2017 Donna Marino
Oct 13, 2017 Linda Burrows
Oct 12, 2017 Jennifer Parsons
Oct 12, 2017 Janice Tinkham
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 12, 2017 Rose Star Time we protect our wildlife and all living creatures from evil humans. These innocents have a right to live lives free and happy and in safety.
Oct 11, 2017 Holly Martinell
Oct 11, 2017 Leela Beaudry
Oct 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2017 Jennifer Breitigan
Oct 10, 2017 Sandy Lynch
Oct 10, 2017 Donna Partin
Oct 10, 2017 astrid v/d geest
Oct 9, 2017 Susan Fisher
Oct 8, 2017 Terry Keck
Oct 8, 2017 Blanca Padres
Oct 8, 2017 Josette Mitchell
Oct 8, 2017 Nella Taylor
Oct 7, 2017 Kalani Gibson
Oct 6, 2017 Sue Pankhurst
Oct 5, 2017 venus th
Oct 5, 2017 maria luisa wells
Oct 4, 2017 Franziska EDWARDS
Oct 4, 2017 Allen Keltner
Oct 4, 2017 Sondra Bustos
Oct 4, 2017 Pamela Miguez
Oct 4, 2017 Sheri Whitethorn

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