Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
Goal: 45,000 Progress: 36,147
Sponsored by: The Rainforest Site

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.

Sign Here






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


Aug 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 19, 2017 MURIEL SALENGROS
Aug 19, 2017 Jeannette de Agnolo
Aug 19, 2017 Jeanne Bradbury The award winning film, "Winged Migration" should be mandatory watching in every grammer school, high school and college----anyone who could then think of harming a migrating bird is the worst kind of MUTANT.
Aug 18, 2017 Kris Peterson
Aug 18, 2017 Sylvie GENARD
Aug 18, 2017 Debbie Coggins
Aug 18, 2017 Leanne Lee
Aug 18, 2017 Anna Mai Van
Aug 17, 2017 myra seddon
Aug 16, 2017 jessica decker
Aug 16, 2017 Tammy Swoboda
Aug 16, 2017 Brenda Smith
Aug 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2017 Mauricio Ross
Aug 16, 2017 Rod Sutton
Aug 16, 2017 Stacy Gold
Aug 16, 2017 Alexandra Harteam
Aug 16, 2017 Vanessa Zunn
Aug 16, 2017 Rodica Ardelean
Aug 16, 2017 Suzanne Thorpe I am disgusted. I love Malta and have been many times but until you stop this I will not give you my patronage nor will my friends or family. Hit them where it hurts - in their bank accounts!"
Aug 15, 2017 Jewell Batway
Aug 15, 2017 Phil Neal
Aug 15, 2017 Dawn Orahood
Aug 15, 2017 Margaret Iacangelo
Aug 15, 2017 Michelle Ann Calnan
Aug 15, 2017 Carolyn Balls
Aug 15, 2017 Ona Youmans
Aug 15, 2017 Julie Reid
Aug 15, 2017 sharmini sewpersad
Aug 14, 2017 Barbara Vallini
Aug 14, 2017 Cristina Rodriguez
Aug 13, 2017 Diana Zimmerman
Aug 11, 2017 James Painter
Aug 11, 2017 Nellie Baez
Aug 10, 2017 Margaret Wright Malta needs to get with it !
Aug 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 9, 2017 Ilse DePRiest
Aug 9, 2017 Inês Correia
Aug 9, 2017 marja leino
Aug 8, 2017 Donna Gilbert
Aug 8, 2017 DONNA PIERONI
Aug 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2017 Alexander Goodrich
Aug 6, 2017 Penelope Allingham
Aug 6, 2017 Laurine League
Aug 6, 2017 Teri Pinto Leave our wildlife alone
Aug 5, 2017 Michelyn Martirez
Aug 5, 2017 dana newsom

back to top

Dog Face Pajama Shorts Set
Share this page and help fund food & care: