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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


Oct 23, 2014 Lauren Haworth
Oct 23, 2014 Aleksandr Ivanov
Oct 23, 2014 J S
Oct 23, 2014 Marie Duhamel
Oct 23, 2014 tan su wei
Oct 22, 2014 Jose J Rodriguez
Oct 22, 2014 Victoria Champion
Oct 22, 2014 maggie Vitali-Cornell
Oct 22, 2014 Carlo Corti
Oct 22, 2014 B Little
Oct 22, 2014 Karen Silva
Oct 22, 2014 Linnea Due
Oct 22, 2014 R Tragni Remember the passenger pigeon!
Oct 22, 2014 Jenny Herter
Oct 22, 2014 Joyce Angleberger
Oct 22, 2014 Brian Mahon
Oct 21, 2014 Jennifer Severance
Oct 21, 2014 Andres Jensen
Oct 21, 2014 Dale Westwood
Oct 21, 2014 roth woods
Oct 21, 2014 jenny tassin
Oct 21, 2014 Morena gambarelli
Oct 20, 2014 Megan Garofalo
Oct 20, 2014 Clarette Wenta
Oct 20, 2014 Carlotta Biavati
Oct 20, 2014 brenda rister
Oct 20, 2014 melissa skye
Oct 20, 2014 Ivana Paleckova
Oct 19, 2014 Fawn Caldwell
Oct 19, 2014 Barbara Chant
Oct 19, 2014 Betty Green
Oct 19, 2014 MaryAnna Hunt
Oct 19, 2014 Pam Urban-Cahill
Oct 18, 2014 Michelle Hellstern Why is hunting still taking place in the 21st century? Disgusting! Also: Spain HUNTS INNOCENT THRUSHES!!! Google it!
Oct 18, 2014 brigitte whitlow
Oct 18, 2014 Hazel Sharrad
Oct 18, 2014 Gina Freitas
Oct 18, 2014 Jeffrey Dickson
Oct 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 17, 2014 Svetlana Novotna
Oct 17, 2014 Ana Fontan
Oct 17, 2014 Vicki Hambrick
Oct 17, 2014 sara taylor
Oct 17, 2014 Jürgen Breu
Oct 17, 2014 PEGGY CARTER
Oct 16, 2014 Susan Rogers
Oct 16, 2014 Mary Colin Arndt
Oct 16, 2014 Monica Trevino
Oct 16, 2014 Nina Røstad
Oct 16, 2014 Tahirah Roe

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