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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 24, 2017 Lisa Nash
May 24, 2017 Lena Jalke
May 23, 2017 Carol Holler
May 23, 2017 Tina Rhea Many species of birds are suffering plummeting numbers. They cannot stand the level of killing that happens in Malta. Please stop before they're gone!
May 23, 2017 Luke Maziarek
May 23, 2017 Monica Daniel-Marshall
May 22, 2017 Kayna Warren
May 21, 2017 Tina Quinones
May 21, 2017 Lorraine Clemens
May 20, 2017 James Deschene
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2017 Cher Hester
May 18, 2017 Sean Warden
May 17, 2017 Melanie Cannon
May 17, 2017 theresa Mitchum
May 17, 2017 LIsa Hearn
May 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 16, 2017 Friederike Barth
May 16, 2017 Alanna Maurina
May 16, 2017 brad horner
May 16, 2017 Yancette Halverson
May 16, 2017 Linda Meyer
May 16, 2017 deneen richards
May 16, 2017 Lora Hamman
May 16, 2017 lisa starzi
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 Susan Manning Please stop killing innocents for perverse pleasure. Have respect for living creatures!
May 15, 2017 Justine WONT KNOW
May 15, 2017 Elena Burankova
May 14, 2017 Susan Krauss
May 13, 2017 Margie Zalesak
May 13, 2017 Cindy Snyder
May 13, 2017 Paola Venezia
May 12, 2017 FERRUCCIO ROMEO
May 11, 2017 Ben Cachola
May 11, 2017 Debbie Davis CMKBD CAPS
May 11, 2017 roberta thornton-howard
May 11, 2017 Leslie DeLuca
May 11, 2017 Lasha Wells
May 10, 2017 Lix Tuls lixl0000000@gmail.com
May 10, 2017 Jaci Taylor
May 10, 2017 Sławomir Prucnal
May 10, 2017 Denise Simpson
May 10, 2017 rachel rolston
May 9, 2017 misty decker
May 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 9, 2017 Juanita Davis
May 9, 2017 Suzanne Salerno
May 9, 2017 Mary Salerno

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