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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


Jan 16, 2017 William McFadden
Jan 16, 2017 Mindie Sivey
Jan 16, 2017 Richard Smith
Jan 16, 2017 linda shingles
Jan 16, 2017 Renee Snyder
Jan 16, 2017 Marie Perry
Jan 16, 2017 Michal Morse
Jan 16, 2017 Amina Dhumaad
Jan 16, 2017 Jennifer Horsmon
Jan 15, 2017 Sarah Hill Stop the killing of these wonderful birds NOW!!!!
Jan 15, 2017 anna gennari
Jan 15, 2017 Nico Sandman
Jan 15, 2017 debi griffin
Jan 14, 2017 Sue Jackson
Jan 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2017 KJ Ortiz Hunting is not recreation. It is useless destruction of migrating birds. Malta needs to respect wild birds which belong to the world. Please stop the spring hunts.
Jan 13, 2017 julian zrnic
Jan 13, 2017 Kathy Harrop
Jan 13, 2017 Jeanne Lyke
Jan 13, 2017 Francyne Wharton
Jan 13, 2017 Dawn Solomon
Jan 13, 2017 Barbara Foster
Jan 13, 2017 Autumn Severit
Jan 13, 2017 donna fultz
Jan 13, 2017 Maria Angeles Leorza Arechavaleta
Jan 12, 2017 Marie Santoro
Jan 12, 2017 Alison McGregor Inhumane and endangering internationally important species this barbaric practice has to stop. Please take action.
Jan 12, 2017 Debbie Penders
Jan 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2017 Betty Blackburn
Jan 11, 2017 Sonia Hernandez
Jan 11, 2017 jude lotz
Jan 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2017 Patricia Lemeur
Jan 10, 2017 kimber hawkey
Jan 10, 2017 CARMEN FEITO
Jan 10, 2017 LINDA boyce
Jan 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) Do not destroy more habitat from our eco-system. It's a system. When you kill habitat, you are killing us.
Jan 9, 2017 Cyndie Chinnici
Jan 9, 2017 Ursula Bellof
Jan 9, 2017 Karola Windweh
Jan 9, 2017 Nancy Warner
Jan 9, 2017 Cheryle Smith
Jan 9, 2017 Martine Smet
Jan 8, 2017 Andrea Klick
Jan 7, 2017 Victoria Lampett
Jan 7, 2017 David Haim
Jan 6, 2017 Antoinette Sevensma

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