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April 2015: Malta held a vote to decide whether to maintain its spring migratory bird hunt. Despite early polls suggesting the practice would finally end, pro-hunters won the referendum by a less than 1% margin, with nearly 30% of voters abstaining. However, each year Malta must reapply for exemption from the EU Bird Directive to legally kill thousands of birds each spring. Tell the European Court of Justice it's time to intervene and deny Malta's application to extend this senseless slaughter.
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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


Aug 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2015 Susan Tate
Aug 27, 2015 Judy Kirkman
Aug 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2015 kimberly bridges
Aug 27, 2015 lisa johnson
Aug 27, 2015 Lucy Kelly
Aug 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2015 Kay Long
Aug 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2015 maurizio slanzi
Aug 27, 2015 Alma R. Lopez
Aug 27, 2015 Estie Kretschmer "The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction." ~ Rachel Carson
Aug 26, 2015 Nancy Horner
Aug 26, 2015 cecilia nevel
Aug 25, 2015 Oleg Nazarov
Aug 25, 2015 a stuart
Aug 25, 2015 Julie and jasmine Buck
Aug 25, 2015 daniela e
Aug 25, 2015 Ulla-Carin Bergström
Aug 25, 2015 Melissa Monahan
Aug 25, 2015 Laura Dani Shame on you for brutally assaulting such beautiful and inoffensive animals. Hunting is not a sport, it's a survival skill or an outrage to the living!
Aug 24, 2015 Marta,Betty,David,Fernando,Joel Anguiano-Volsansky I won't be going to Malta anytime soon on vacation and I will forward this to all my friends that take vacations in other countries. BAN MALTA!!
Aug 24, 2015 Debora Hojda
Aug 24, 2015 David Aguilera
Aug 24, 2015 Robin Blum
Aug 24, 2015 Clifford J. and Christine E. Schmutz
Aug 23, 2015 Julie Golden
Aug 23, 2015 Marc Chapon
Aug 23, 2015 Lion Forest
Aug 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 23, 2015 Robert Thorne
Aug 23, 2015 Adriana Maria Bidarra
Aug 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2015 Theresa Toporsh
Aug 21, 2015 Anne Mathot
Aug 21, 2015 Katherine Moorhead
Aug 21, 2015 Catherine Ryerse
Aug 21, 2015 Mary Wylie
Aug 21, 2015 Mary Roehrig
Aug 21, 2015 Julia N Allen, PhD, DVM
Aug 21, 2015 Audra Bulut Please do not allow bloodshed for ego's gain. True beauty is in life and living together in peace.
Aug 21, 2015 Ed Keegan
Aug 21, 2015 Leticia Acevedo
Aug 21, 2015 MARA SCHMID
Aug 19, 2015 Nancy Rooney
Aug 19, 2015 Shelley Tsuji ENOUGH!!
Aug 19, 2015 kathy smith
Aug 19, 2015 silvana de pasquale
Aug 19, 2015 Dana Norton

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