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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 23, 2017 OLGA COTTO
Jan 22, 2017 Mary Malatesta
Jan 22, 2017 Gloria Navan
Jan 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 22, 2017 Jan Repp
Jan 22, 2017 Martial Dangu
Jan 22, 2017 Pascale BOLLIET
Jan 22, 2017 Patricia Nenadich
Jan 22, 2017 Cassandra Weldon-Faulkner I do not even begin to understand why the hunting and slaughter of any living creature is considered recreation! Beyond the obvious, these spring hunts should be terminated.
Jan 21, 2017 PATRICK CHEVALLIER
Jan 21, 2017 Rob Munro
Jan 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2017 Leslie Pfost
Jan 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2017 Laura Trondina
Jan 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2017 Ellen Ribolla
Jan 19, 2017 Claudia Köhler
Jan 18, 2017 danuta radko
Jan 18, 2017 Jane Gilmore
Jan 18, 2017 Susan Bortolussi
Jan 18, 2017 Casey O'Conner
Jan 18, 2017 Philippa Powers
Jan 17, 2017 Pamela Lawson
Jan 17, 2017 nick jansen
Jan 17, 2017 Charity Chambers
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

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