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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


Apr 18, 2015 dawne santopietro
Apr 18, 2015 Leslie Farragher
Apr 18, 2015 Wendy Shuman
Apr 18, 2015 Marianne Anastasio This slaughter has got to stop!!!
Apr 18, 2015 Judy Johnston
Apr 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2015 Kasey Falco
Apr 18, 2015 Gisele Giguere
Apr 18, 2015 Carl Nylund
Apr 18, 2015 Kiley Voss
Apr 18, 2015 Wendy Culp
Apr 18, 2015 james pascocello
Apr 18, 2015 Roxane Connor
Apr 18, 2015 Eleanor Kinch
Apr 18, 2015 Rachelle Sparks
Apr 18, 2015 Karenne Smith
Apr 18, 2015 christine obrien
Apr 18, 2015 Laura Dever
Apr 18, 2015 catharine erwin
Apr 18, 2015 Nan Biheller
Apr 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2015 susan wills
Apr 18, 2015 Rosemary Watabe
Apr 18, 2015 Gloria Box
Apr 18, 2015 Karen Pecsok
Apr 18, 2015 (Name not displayed) No!
Apr 18, 2015 Lisa Hawks
Apr 18, 2015 Morena Pichardo Protect don't destroy
Apr 18, 2015 Valerie Arseneault
Apr 18, 2015 Nancy Stere
Apr 18, 2015 Barbara Pullaro
Apr 18, 2015 Sylvia Cavener
Apr 18, 2015 rita hunt
Apr 18, 2015 Marek Gorecki
Apr 18, 2015 Connie Mazzei
Apr 18, 2015 Kimberly Nemic
Apr 18, 2015 Elizabeth Veiga
Apr 18, 2015 Suzanne Keller
Apr 18, 2015 Mary Ellen Casey
Apr 18, 2015 Patti Blevins
Apr 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2015 Johanna Kristin Sigurz
Apr 18, 2015 Mike Grady
Apr 18, 2015 April Raine
Apr 18, 2015 Jennifer McCullough
Apr 18, 2015 Janet Kelley
Apr 18, 2015 Valerie Gould
Apr 18, 2015 christina deleo

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