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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 24, 2017 Judy Dolan
Jun 23, 2017 Elizabeth Frost
Jun 22, 2017 Maristela Machado
Jun 22, 2017 Beverly Brown
Jun 22, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Jun 21, 2017 Carlos Otero
Jun 21, 2017 Yvonne Barker
Jun 21, 2017 Heide Coppotelli
Jun 21, 2017 Sandra Schomberg
Jun 20, 2017 ANNE Gilbert
Jun 20, 2017 Anne Matarin-Bessiron
Jun 20, 2017 Veronica Bolivar
Jun 19, 2017 Davi Parrish
Jun 19, 2017 Matilde Ravizza
Jun 19, 2017 Jana Williams
Jun 19, 2017 Erin Kennedy
Jun 19, 2017 Dana Hanbury
Jun 19, 2017 Anna Krohn
Jun 19, 2017 Ellen Seeherman
Jun 19, 2017 Mimi Roth
Jun 19, 2017 Sharon Porter
Jun 19, 2017 CarolJ Painter
Jun 19, 2017 peggy file
Jun 19, 2017 Cherie Levinsohn
Jun 19, 2017 Petra Heistermann
Jun 19, 2017 Kristine Richter
Jun 19, 2017 Susanna Purucker
Jun 18, 2017 gisela zech
Jun 18, 2017 Rob Windsor
Jun 18, 2017 Lisa Seeley
Jun 17, 2017 Susan Hill
Jun 17, 2017 Anita Kuhn
Jun 16, 2017 Robert Burns
Jun 16, 2017 Diane Mulhern
Jun 16, 2017 Elizabeth Chiribi
Jun 16, 2017 Jacqueline Straw
Jun 16, 2017 Stacey Olphin
Jun 16, 2017 VERÔNICA ARAUJO
Jun 16, 2017 Lynne Pateman
Jun 15, 2017 Svetlana Klimova
Jun 15, 2017 Ileana Lopez
Jun 14, 2017 Nicole Roussou
Jun 14, 2017 Raphaël PONCE
Jun 14, 2017 Lily Wells
Jun 13, 2017 Deborah Stanislawczyk
Jun 13, 2017 Yuliya Akselrod
Jun 13, 2017 JODI ABEL
Jun 13, 2017 Patricia Allen
Jun 13, 2017 Carl Hoffmeister
Jun 12, 2017 Sandra Gray

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