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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


Sep 25, 2016 chantal vagnat
Sep 25, 2016 lia onda
Sep 24, 2016 Diana Noel-Labieniec
Sep 24, 2016 Linda Shifflett
Sep 23, 2016 Keaven Van Lom
Sep 23, 2016 Kim Fox
Sep 23, 2016 Mary Mitchell
Sep 23, 2016 Kari Lindewirth
Sep 23, 2016 Betty Seger
Sep 22, 2016 Elsie Au
Sep 22, 2016 Sandra Roush
Sep 22, 2016 Mimi Ngo
Sep 22, 2016 Ann Wiley
Sep 22, 2016 Debbie Court
Sep 22, 2016 steven wiles
Sep 21, 2016 André Henrique Bacci
Sep 20, 2016 Lorri Goldman
Sep 20, 2016 alice eitner
Sep 20, 2016 cynthai highfield
Sep 20, 2016 Cinzia Moore
Sep 19, 2016 Diana Drummond
Sep 19, 2016 Keith D'Alessandro
Sep 19, 2016 Marcia Sutton
Sep 19, 2016 jan pepper
Sep 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2016 ELENI DEMETRIOU
Sep 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2016 Kathy Wall
Sep 16, 2016 Heather Corry
Sep 16, 2016 Victoria Mccay
Sep 16, 2016 natalie collins People are so cruel to birds.
Sep 16, 2016 Renee Risser STOP KILLING MIGRATORY BIRDS.
Sep 15, 2016 arline lohli
Sep 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2016 Tammy Barton
Sep 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2016 Cheryl Davis
Sep 14, 2016 Helen Process
Sep 14, 2016 Anthony Hostetter
Sep 14, 2016 Ruth Moore Cyprus is also guilty of this! Please sign & share http://bit.ly/2bNKkyH Thank you.
Sep 13, 2016 Yamilet Marcano
Sep 13, 2016 ligia guedes
Sep 12, 2016 Maria Molina
Sep 12, 2016 Sherri Johns
Sep 12, 2016 Jenna Harris
Sep 12, 2016 Yana Evteeva
Sep 12, 2016 Diana Tracy
Sep 12, 2016 Patti Miller
Sep 11, 2016 Kim Holec Obey the laws and stop killing the birds.
Sep 10, 2016 Shooting Star It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. - Ansel Adams

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