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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 Janez Potočnik 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 Janez Potočnik,

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, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Shawnea Malin
Sep 19, 2014 john kilroy
Sep 19, 2014 Jean Miksic
Sep 19, 2014 M Busch
Sep 19, 2014 Dona Anderson
Sep 19, 2014 Joe Ward
Sep 19, 2014 Rhonda Thomason
Sep 19, 2014 Barbara Johnson
Sep 19, 2014 fred fall
Sep 19, 2014 Michele LaPorte
Sep 19, 2014 Tatiana Quinones
Sep 19, 2014 Yvette Dominguez
Sep 19, 2014 Roswitha Hanowski
Sep 19, 2014 Valerie Romero
Sep 18, 2014 Meghan Soukup
Sep 18, 2014 Andrea Russell
Sep 18, 2014 Elizabeth Rocco
Sep 18, 2014 Monique AUBERT
Sep 18, 2014 Gino Tarabotto
Sep 17, 2014 Karin Lenhard-Moyzyczyk
Sep 17, 2014 Jeannie O'Brien
Sep 17, 2014 Eva Leutenegger
Sep 17, 2014 Jeanette M.
Sep 17, 2014 Rona Bruce
Sep 17, 2014 Chari Birnholz
Sep 17, 2014 Cindy Funk
Sep 17, 2014 Linda Scott
Sep 17, 2014 Janie Carabello
Sep 17, 2014 sherri pickett
Sep 17, 2014 Nurul Aziz
Sep 17, 2014 Diane Carter
Sep 17, 2014 olympia bravo
Sep 17, 2014 CAROLLE PELLETIER
Sep 17, 2014 Gudrun Dreher
Sep 17, 2014 J McCarten One of the BBC's leading animal experts is now in Malta trying to prevent the killing of autumn migrating birds on their way to Africa. This indiscriminate killing must stop
Sep 17, 2014 Sandra Broadhead
Sep 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2014 Dana Myers
Sep 16, 2014 R Lefevre
Sep 16, 2014 Marie rose Dingens
Sep 15, 2014 suzie TUCKER
Sep 15, 2014 Marcelyn Thomas
Sep 15, 2014 Veronique Guinard
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2014 Marci Plant
Sep 15, 2014 Sherry Smith
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed) Birds that migrate should not be thinned out due to hunting. They rely on your help to keep their numbers and way of life thriving for generations to come. Your Country is fortunate enough to have them fly to your lands for survival.
Sep 15, 2014 Viviane Escudie
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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