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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


Aug 30, 2016 Leann Long
Aug 30, 2016 rick roberson
Aug 29, 2016 Ms. Carla Compton, Activist/Advocate/Human
Aug 29, 2016 Georgi Mortensen
Aug 29, 2016 Shauna Smith
Aug 29, 2016 Silvia Agnoli Cacciatori sparatevi a voi stessi!
Aug 28, 2016 Emily Willis
Aug 27, 2016 Michelle Contois
Aug 27, 2016 Valerie Bartel
Aug 27, 2016 Nyack Clancy
Aug 27, 2016 Kathy Stoddard
Aug 27, 2016 Lola Cassi
Aug 27, 2016 Carla Horn
Aug 27, 2016 kit kat wan
Aug 27, 2016 Candice Baynes
Aug 26, 2016 Anne Postell
Aug 25, 2016 J Botts
Aug 25, 2016 Misha George
Aug 25, 2016 Pam Rodden
Aug 24, 2016 Anne-Britt Ose Kaltun
Aug 24, 2016 Marcia Garceau
Aug 24, 2016 Spencer Seiler
Aug 24, 2016 Veronica Poad
Aug 23, 2016 Alysoun wilkinson
Aug 22, 2016 foteini horbou
Aug 22, 2016 Yoel Cohen
Aug 22, 2016 oksana popovic
Aug 22, 2016 Chris B STOP MURDERING ANIMALS, PURE AND SIMPLE!!! BIRDS ARE INCLUDED ANIMALS!!!
Aug 21, 2016 Averill Waterhouse
Aug 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2016 Isabel Hepburn
Aug 21, 2016 Laurie Boukas
Aug 21, 2016 Denise Parsons
Aug 20, 2016 Deborah Jones
Aug 20, 2016 Virginia Dempsey
Aug 20, 2016 marie Dupouy
Aug 20, 2016 Sam McLeod
Aug 20, 2016 Victoria Banaszak
Aug 19, 2016 myra erario
Aug 19, 2016 Debra Dragonheart
Aug 19, 2016 Cheryl Duncan
Aug 19, 2016 Flavia Perizzolo
Aug 19, 2016 Fabienne Coilin
Aug 18, 2016 Susan Petersen
Aug 18, 2016 Ellen Green
Aug 18, 2016 Ivana Dzobova
Aug 17, 2016 josilda dantas
Aug 17, 2016 Lois Nottingham
Aug 17, 2016 Juanice Burroughs
Aug 17, 2016 Elizabeth Keenan

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