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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


Jul 24, 2016 Andrew Sulay
Jul 24, 2016 Clarice Glandon
Jul 23, 2016 Pauline Parker Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission — to be of service to them wherever they require it." — Francis of Assisi
Jul 23, 2016 Katherine Mouzourakis LOW LIFE pieces of shit. Get a job and grow a garden instead morons.
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Jul 23, 2016 Michael Balitsaris-Fortier
Jul 22, 2016 Ashley Johnson
Jul 22, 2016 Diane Kavanagh
Jul 22, 2016 Gail Drury
Jul 22, 2016 Monica Lanzi
Jul 22, 2016 Liz Seff
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Jul 22, 2016 Martin Henz
Jul 21, 2016 Ida Lopez
Jul 21, 2016 Brenda Cipriano
Jul 21, 2016 Victoria Huddleston
Jul 20, 2016 Jacob Spillman
Jul 20, 2016 Mary DANDREA
Jul 20, 2016 Rob Ste
Jul 20, 2016 Debra Urda
Jul 20, 2016 Maureen Jenkins
Jul 20, 2016 Robert Stroud
Jul 19, 2016 Tanja Reitz
Jul 19, 2016 Lene Mittet
Jul 19, 2016 Angela Jensen
Jul 19, 2016 Denise Dynan
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Jul 19, 2016 Ricardo Lafare
Jul 19, 2016 catherine mengani
Jul 18, 2016 Susan Maxson
Jul 18, 2016 karen williams
Jul 18, 2016 Jackie Canaday
Jul 18, 2016 Christina White
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Jul 17, 2016 Beth Nordmeyer
Jul 15, 2016 Eleonora Bacchini
Jul 14, 2016 Gwen Walsh
Jul 14, 2016 Ken stein
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Jul 13, 2016 SARAH DAVENPORT
Jul 12, 2016 anna Halkiadis
Jul 12, 2016 Karen and Joe Lansdale
Jul 12, 2016 Anastasia Dunn
Jul 12, 2016 Krisztina Molnar
Jul 11, 2016 Melissa McTague
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