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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


Sep 19, 2017 Juliane Rocha
Sep 19, 2017 Rita Council
Sep 18, 2017 Karin Anderson
Sep 18, 2017 Rebecca Clark
Sep 18, 2017 Meghan Croyts
Sep 17, 2017 marina danilova
Sep 15, 2017 Lucia Opet Animals Should Live Happy Healthy And Free Lives They Don't Deserve To Be Abused Or Killed!!!
Sep 14, 2017 Corrina Parker
Sep 14, 2017 Saddie Al
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 14, 2017 Tanya Lenn
Sep 13, 2017 Lois Freeman
Sep 11, 2017 drue cali
Sep 9, 2017 Andrea Giolli
Sep 9, 2017 Mandy Statham
Sep 9, 2017 Stevie littrell
Sep 8, 2017 Adele Kirk
Sep 7, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 6, 2017 Chris Silcox
Sep 6, 2017 silke kleinhenz
Sep 6, 2017 Diana Martins
Sep 6, 2017 Danielle Goerman
Sep 6, 2017 Dawn Carter
Sep 6, 2017 Robert Laginess
Sep 6, 2017 Blair Lawrence
Sep 6, 2017 cathy minshall
Sep 6, 2017 Ursula Kiefert
Sep 6, 2017 Anne-Pascale Kestemont
Sep 5, 2017 Teresa Ashley
Sep 5, 2017 Sheila White
Sep 5, 2017 alida carletti
Sep 4, 2017 Vickie Avery
Sep 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 2, 2017 Mona Williams I don't understand how this could be happening. Are the current generations of humans that ignorant to the cycles and needs of wildlife, in this case, particularly migrating birds? Please make our skies safe for migrating birds.
Aug 31, 2017 Ankita Jain
Aug 26, 2017 Michelle Maisonave
Aug 25, 2017 Diana Cleveland
Aug 24, 2017 sakuntala sachithanandan
Aug 24, 2017 Beverly Scott
Aug 24, 2017 Carla Wilson
Aug 24, 2017 Mary Kay Siegel
Aug 24, 2017 sheila gilbert
Aug 24, 2017 Melissa Hathaway
Aug 24, 2017 Jennifer Reinert
Aug 24, 2017 Lynn Miller
Aug 24, 2017 Patricia Sheridan
Aug 24, 2017 milly lopez
Aug 24, 2017 Jordi Malgà
Aug 23, 2017 Mark Bastian

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