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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


Apr 28, 2017 Rachel Burton
Apr 27, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Apr 26, 2017 britt lilja
Apr 26, 2017 Michelle Santhanam
Apr 26, 2017 Jacqueline Rebel
Apr 26, 2017 Alysa Waring
Apr 26, 2017 Terri Gits
Apr 25, 2017 Christina Hearns
Apr 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2017 Kathleen Metzger
Apr 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2017 Kim Williams
Apr 23, 2017 Joan Woods
Apr 22, 2017 Mary Hurley
Apr 22, 2017 Rebecca Bennett
Apr 22, 2017 chris woltjen
Apr 22, 2017 Sarah Amaral
Apr 22, 2017 Mileda Doctor-Fahrbach
Apr 21, 2017 BILL FOWLER
Apr 21, 2017 Fiona Power
Apr 21, 2017 Debbie Banditelli
Apr 21, 2017 Stephanie Brake
Apr 21, 2017 Carolina Jimenez
Apr 20, 2017 Linda Marshall
Apr 20, 2017 catherine simmons Malta needs to clean up its reputation and stand up for decency
Apr 18, 2017 Kim Lacost
Apr 18, 2017 Vanessa Ungaro
Apr 18, 2017 G Chua
Apr 18, 2017 Sabrina Degasperi
Apr 15, 2017 Nathan Fisher
Apr 14, 2017 Karen Webb
Apr 14, 2017 Victoria Joslin
Apr 14, 2017 janet stavisky
Apr 14, 2017 Jeanette Marcel
Apr 14, 2017 Deb Powell
Apr 14, 2017 L B Dill
Apr 14, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
Apr 14, 2017 karla Price Let the birds do what instinct tells them to do.
Apr 13, 2017 Halima Padilla-Moyen
Apr 13, 2017 Sharon Mylott
Apr 13, 2017 Kristen Witt
Apr 13, 2017 VIRGIE FRICK
Apr 13, 2017 serge gendron
Apr 13, 2017 Colleen Bashore
Apr 13, 2017 Ravinder Singh
Apr 13, 2017 Jenna Allen
Apr 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2017 Carla Rodrigues
Apr 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2017 Jackie Fehr-Krahn

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