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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


Jul 29, 2015 Katarina DURJAK
Jul 28, 2015 Anita Clemmer
Jul 28, 2015 S. ROSE
Jul 28, 2015 Jim Aldrich
Jul 28, 2015 Renee Grant
Jul 28, 2015 blake congrove
Jul 27, 2015 Monneron Sophie
Jul 27, 2015 A.M.M. Becker
Jul 26, 2015 Regina Powell
Jul 26, 2015 brigitte tricot
Jul 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2015 Chris Leverich
Jul 25, 2015 Kim Welliver
Jul 25, 2015 Donna Kovach
Jul 25, 2015 Susan Segien
Jul 24, 2015 Christine Reeder
Jul 24, 2015 Janice Shields
Jul 24, 2015 daniele rispal
Jul 24, 2015 p vollmar
Jul 24, 2015 DE Cook
Jul 24, 2015 KATHY CLARK
Jul 24, 2015 May-Louisa Kühn
Jul 23, 2015 claudette blais
Jul 23, 2015 Grainne Gillespie
Jul 23, 2015 Michelle Thomson
Jul 23, 2015 federico pelaggio
Jul 23, 2015 Marlene Sauer
Jul 22, 2015 DOUG SNYDER
Jul 21, 2015 Elfi Boeckler
Jul 21, 2015 Maria Annecchiarico
Jul 20, 2015 Annette-Marie Mocydlarz
Jul 20, 2015 Ana Andre
Jul 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2015 hennie beavis
Jul 20, 2015 Gayner Vlastou
Jul 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2015 valerie mackenzie
Jul 19, 2015 Beth Coyne
Jul 18, 2015 Ruth Schnelle
Jul 18, 2015 Patricia A Compton
Jul 18, 2015 Sonia Mosetti
Jul 17, 2015 bettina kat
Jul 17, 2015 Barb Novorr
Jul 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2015 Paulinha Russell
Jul 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2015 Irene Labuschagne
Jul 17, 2015 Susan Cawley
Jul 16, 2015 Faith Strailey
Jul 16, 2015 Alison Gollup

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