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April 2015: Malta held a vote to decide whether to maintain its spring migratory bird hunt. Despite early polls suggesting the practice would finally end, pro-hunters won the referendum by a less than 1% margin, with nearly 30% of voters abstaining. However, each year Malta must reapply for exemption from the EU Bird Directive to legally kill thousands of birds each spring. Tell the European Court of Justice it's time to intervene and deny Malta's application to extend this senseless slaughter.
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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


Feb 10, 2016 Carolina Cox
Feb 10, 2016 Elena Gonzalez
Feb 10, 2016 Barbara Galinkin
Feb 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2016 Charlotte Arent
Feb 8, 2016 LILIANNE ROBERT
Feb 8, 2016 wendy smith
Feb 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2016 Beate Grobecker
Feb 8, 2016 Donna Resek
Feb 7, 2016 Debra Nourse
Feb 7, 2016 marie charbonnier
Feb 6, 2016 Geri Wynn
Feb 6, 2016 Aila Niemitukia
Feb 5, 2016 Donna hernandez
Feb 5, 2016 Cory Rickerson
Feb 5, 2016 Carol Ryan
Feb 5, 2016 Barbara Brown
Feb 4, 2016 Maria Vitória Magri
Feb 4, 2016 Devon Crane
Feb 4, 2016 Jennifer Woo
Feb 4, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2016 Brigda Loona
Feb 3, 2016 Brigitte Eibisberger
Feb 3, 2016 Ursula Sand STOP THIS disgusting AND ILEGAL hunt
Feb 3, 2016 Patrice GARCIA
Feb 3, 2016 Shirin Ighani
Feb 3, 2016 Carlyn Montes De Oca
Feb 3, 2016 Nancy Herrmann
Feb 3, 2016 Karin Lindberg
Feb 2, 2016 Paola Merlo
Feb 2, 2016 Lynda Robinson
Feb 1, 2016 HELEN BLANDING
Feb 1, 2016 Darlene Schueler
Feb 1, 2016 Andrew Weprin
Feb 1, 2016 John Panko
Jan 31, 2016 Lauri DesMarais
Jan 31, 2016 Erin Johnson
Jan 30, 2016 Doreen Forbes
Jan 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2016 Boris Rappoport
Jan 29, 2016 lesley thomas
Jan 29, 2016 Marie Françoise ROBINSON
Jan 28, 2016 Debbie Smith
Jan 28, 2016 Karen Gillum
Jan 28, 2016 Linda L.-Schaeffer
Jan 28, 2016 giuliana donadio
Jan 27, 2016 Larry Carradine
Jan 26, 2016 Christine Humphreys

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