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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


Jun 26, 2016 Anthony P. Vessicchio
Jun 25, 2016 Marie Louise Morandi Long Zwicker There is no justification for "recreational" hunting. Preservation and conservation of migratory birds should be of primary concern, not "recreational" killing.
Jun 25, 2016 Adeline Chan
Jun 25, 2016 joan duggan
Jun 22, 2016 Jieun Bak
Jun 22, 2016 CHRIS KULCZAK
Jun 22, 2016 karine tremblay
Jun 22, 2016 George Hwang
Jun 20, 2016 Petra Jones
Jun 20, 2016 Chere Conner
Jun 20, 2016 Joyce Griffee
Jun 19, 2016 RENATA FLIS
Jun 19, 2016 Elizabeth Ryan
Jun 18, 2016 Katarina Lang
Jun 18, 2016 Teresa Wright
Jun 18, 2016 Elena Fedotova
Jun 18, 2016 Celeste Hewitt-Bombara Please immediately cease this horrific & incredibly cruel practice. Respect, preserve, & protect wildlife, as well as our planet. Please choose to act responsibly and humanely. Grazie molto!
Jun 17, 2016 Debbie Wolf
Jun 16, 2016 alexa molnar
Jun 16, 2016 Christine Higgins
Jun 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2016 ELAINE MICHAELS
Jun 15, 2016 Kendra Nerl
Jun 15, 2016 Lotta Larsen
Jun 15, 2016 Sherry Horne Taylor
Jun 15, 2016 riitta hietanen Migratory birds belong to the whole world. Stop killing our birds!!!
Jun 15, 2016 wendy dalli
Jun 14, 2016 Amy Wright
Jun 14, 2016 MORERA Valérie
Jun 14, 2016 Ilene carson
Jun 13, 2016 Deb Jones
Jun 13, 2016 Marie Hutchens
Jun 13, 2016 Jessica Trotti Hunting is not a sport of any kind. It is just plain murder of the weak and the disturbed!
Jun 13, 2016 George Forrest
Jun 12, 2016 Nathalie NOEL
Jun 11, 2016 sharon gooding
Jun 11, 2016 Kristy Laino
Jun 11, 2016 Audrey GEOFFROY
Jun 10, 2016 牧瀬 千佳
Jun 10, 2016 Karina Otero Half-Earth Project - eowilsonfoundation.org - Respect nature! Respect life! Respect yourself! - Thanks!
Jun 10, 2016 karen Criner
Jun 10, 2016 James Thrailkill
Jun 10, 2016 Becky Jones
Jun 10, 2016 cheryl smith
Jun 10, 2016 Rosalilia Dorantes
Jun 9, 2016 Wendy Mercante
Jun 9, 2016 enid marl it has to be stopped why should they be able to carry on killing when everyone else stops it??
Jun 8, 2016 Rebecca Jensen
Jun 8, 2016 Robin Adair
Jun 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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