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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 27, 2017 Linda Davenport
Feb 27, 2017 Ruth Fichtner Mag. Dr.
Feb 27, 2017 Gail Roberts
Feb 26, 2017 Dee Lindblom
Feb 26, 2017 Diane Austin
Feb 26, 2017 labarre Paola
Feb 26, 2017 Deb Bishop
Feb 26, 2017 Janet Shoemaker
Feb 25, 2017 ARIANNE CUSTER
Feb 25, 2017 Pamela Rogers
Feb 25, 2017 Elaine Green
Feb 24, 2017 Marilyn Miravalles
Feb 24, 2017 Susan Borys
Feb 24, 2017 Louisa Roberts
Feb 24, 2017 Renee King
Feb 24, 2017 Paul Statman
Feb 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2017 Viv K
Feb 23, 2017 MARTHA RODRIGUEZ
Feb 23, 2017 Deon Naidoo
Feb 23, 2017 CYNTHIA FERENCI SHAME ON YOU MALTA!!!
Feb 23, 2017 Hayley Alice Bradley
Feb 23, 2017 (Name not displayed) We are the most cruel, terrible, demented, idiotic, barbaric, savage, wicked, diabolical, ruthless, merciless, villainous, murderous, cold-blooded, stupid, foolish, evil, sinful, criminal, and corrupt species on earth. This is one of the reasons why.
Feb 23, 2017 Theresa Tucker
Feb 23, 2017 Denise Garner
Feb 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2017 Rossana Ceja
Feb 21, 2017 Theresa Crovello
Feb 21, 2017 Lisa Voile
Feb 21, 2017 Maria Johnson
Feb 21, 2017 S Sinclaire Recreational hunting? That says it all. NO RECREATIONAL HUNTING.
Feb 21, 2017 Laurie Collis
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2017 Jodi Perkins
Feb 21, 2017 julie munson
Feb 21, 2017 José Ángel
Feb 20, 2017 Brooke Goodhue
Feb 19, 2017 Major Escape
Feb 19, 2017 Kim Miller
Feb 19, 2017 Eva Duda-Blaj
Feb 19, 2017 Jeannette Andersen
Feb 19, 2017 Sandrine STAMM
Feb 18, 2017 Natalia Smirnova
Feb 18, 2017 Janet Roberts It should be obvious that this type of action needs to stop.
Feb 17, 2017 Glenda Foreman
Feb 17, 2017 Carol Graves
Feb 17, 2017 Jamie Petsitis
Feb 16, 2017 janice pemberton
Feb 16, 2017 Graeme Bluett
Feb 16, 2017 HOWARD BLOCK

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