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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


May 26, 2016 Esther Clayson
May 26, 2016 Monica McKeown Gallic
May 26, 2016 Karen Phillips
May 25, 2016 Rachel Rakaczky
May 25, 2016 Steve Williams
May 25, 2016 Suzie Awad
May 25, 2016 Dat Tran
May 25, 2016 evelyn roberts please fly over my head - when I have a gun in my hand
May 24, 2016 Jennifer Miller
May 24, 2016 CHRISTINE DEHUD
May 23, 2016 Rogereau Nellyna
May 23, 2016 Rachelle Gervais Vasquez
May 23, 2016 Rumen Aleksandrov
May 22, 2016 Deborah Boomhower
May 22, 2016 Robert M/Carol G Reed
May 22, 2016 dorinda kelley
May 22, 2016 Olivier Desport
May 22, 2016 David Ransbottom
May 22, 2016 lynn tor
May 22, 2016 Jan Noble
May 22, 2016 Winnie Adams
May 22, 2016 Lorenz Steininger
May 22, 2016 Mariano Hernández
May 22, 2016 Bob Thomas
May 22, 2016 Elizabeth Mello
May 22, 2016 Elizabeth B.O.
May 22, 2016 Carol Thompson
May 22, 2016 Lawrence Crowley
May 22, 2016 Bridget Irons
May 22, 2016 Devon Jones
May 22, 2016 daniel aubouard
May 21, 2016 Lucy O'SULLIVAN
May 21, 2016 Jennifer Evans
May 21, 2016 Joan Walker
May 21, 2016 Greg Steuck
May 21, 2016 Ronald Tanguy
May 21, 2016 Mariette Grobler
May 21, 2016 Rkachea Carpenter
May 21, 2016 Ed Vieira
May 21, 2016 Lois Jordan
May 21, 2016 Rhonda Bird
May 21, 2016 Yvonne Dawson
May 21, 2016 Diane Kent
May 21, 2016 Birgit Walch
May 21, 2016 Elma Tassi
May 21, 2016 Anthony Capobianco
May 21, 2016 NANCY O SERIOUSLY MALTA. WHAT A SHAMEFUL DISGUSTING DECISION ON YOUR PART MR. VELLA. BAN ILLEGAL SPRING HUNTING FOR GOOD. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
May 21, 2016 Lee Fister
May 21, 2016 Jane Doe
May 21, 2016 Dalile OUAI

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