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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 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 31, 2014 Janice Sacchetti
Oct 31, 2014 eva kubu
Oct 31, 2014 Patricia Carrera
Oct 31, 2014 zeinah sha'er
Oct 31, 2014 Mary Grossman
Oct 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 31, 2014 Pilar carranza
Oct 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 31, 2014 Robert Müller-Stoll
Oct 31, 2014 Theodosia Paclawskyj
Oct 31, 2014 Jennifer Leonard
Oct 31, 2014 Annette Waddington
Oct 31, 2014 Morgan Boots
Oct 31, 2014 Olympia Koljas
Oct 31, 2014 Adriana Pintos
Oct 31, 2014 Marlene Guillas
Oct 31, 2014 Frederico Scalzo
Oct 31, 2014 elena luchi
Oct 31, 2014 Robin Harper
Oct 31, 2014 Bettina Ehrhardt
Oct 30, 2014 Delena Ewald
Oct 30, 2014 april kinkel
Oct 30, 2014 Emily Young
Oct 30, 2014 Candy Jacobson
Oct 30, 2014 johnny perez
Oct 30, 2014 rod rosaldo
Oct 30, 2014 Liliana Patricia Machare Castillo
Oct 30, 2014 Diane and Jerry Tabbott
Oct 30, 2014 Shannon Blea
Oct 30, 2014 elizabeth whitney-aune
Oct 30, 2014 Zairê Weisheimer
Oct 30, 2014 Willie Bradley
Oct 30, 2014 alejandra garay
Oct 30, 2014 julie brady
Oct 30, 2014 martine prevot stop à la chasse du printemps
Oct 30, 2014 Pricila Marques Machado
Oct 30, 2014 Doriana Lehmann Pls stop this cruelty
Oct 30, 2014 Maria Alice Simao
Oct 30, 2014 Artur de Castro Carvalho
Oct 30, 2014 NICK DUNSTAN
Oct 30, 2014 Dalca Botaro Carvalho
Oct 30, 2014 nancy porcino
Oct 30, 2014 doreena fliegel
Oct 30, 2014 Lisette Heijden
Oct 30, 2014 nathalie labourot
Oct 30, 2014 Sharon Beaulieu
Oct 30, 2014 Marcia Helena Lopes
Oct 30, 2014 claudia DE SANCTIS
Oct 30, 2014 Doris Gruehling

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