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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


Aug 20, 2014 Caroline Constantinou
Aug 19, 2014 Jessica Morway
Aug 19, 2014 Angela AVERY
Aug 19, 2014 Angela Howard
Aug 19, 2014 vic fuentes
Aug 19, 2014 kelin quinn
Aug 19, 2014 bri badpoor
Aug 19, 2014 daniel badpoor
Aug 19, 2014 laura ornella
Aug 19, 2014 Lisa Nicholles
Aug 19, 2014 DANA SCHULER
Aug 19, 2014 Cecilia Chua
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Aug 19, 2014 Julie Friedson
Aug 19, 2014 Joseph Rzeczycki
Aug 19, 2014 Crystal Reese
Aug 18, 2014 sue lampione
Aug 18, 2014 Carol Minkus
Aug 18, 2014 kathy whitwam
Aug 18, 2014 Tania Atkins
Aug 18, 2014 Randall Bong
Aug 18, 2014 Joyce Gammill You people are obviously heathens. What goes around comes around.
Aug 18, 2014 Jessica Kyzer
Aug 18, 2014 Trina Monarchi Please lets stop the puppy mills it is so wrong and so cruel
Aug 18, 2014 Cronan Family
Aug 18, 2014 Ann Mondee
Aug 18, 2014 Sara Parzynski
Aug 18, 2014 Lisa Scheffenacker
Aug 18, 2014 suzzette temple
Aug 18, 2014 Jennifer Belyea
Aug 18, 2014 Nancy Zi
Aug 18, 2014 Bette Danse THESE WONDERFUL PETITIONS NEED TO BE IN THE HEADLINES
Aug 18, 2014 Kim Powanda
Aug 18, 2014 Jacqueline Akcasu
Aug 18, 2014 cheryl heuer
Aug 18, 2014 Dawn Fugate
Aug 18, 2014 Suzanne Haley
Aug 17, 2014 Mary Galiani
Aug 17, 2014 Rachael Cantine
Aug 17, 2014 Leonor Tirona
Aug 17, 2014 Erika Dahri
Aug 17, 2014 Linda Wolf
Aug 17, 2014 Manel Dias
Aug 17, 2014 Ulla Johansson
Aug 17, 2014 Nancy Hudson
Aug 17, 2014 James Brunton
Aug 17, 2014 Stefanie Krut
Aug 17, 2014 shelia marie lehigh
Aug 17, 2014 pat cohen
Aug 17, 2014 Sarah Addis

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