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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


Dec 13, 2017 Mr and Mrs Richard N. Huff
Dec 12, 2017 Wendy Derner
Dec 11, 2017 Erica Connolly
Dec 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 2, 2017 Kay Birkinshaw
Dec 1, 2017 NANCY CATANIA
Dec 1, 2017 Frank Catania
Nov 30, 2017 Robert Furem
Nov 29, 2017 Nico Dabajo
Nov 28, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Nov 28, 2017 dolores kitney
Nov 27, 2017 frédéric pulcini
Nov 22, 2017 sue grange
Nov 22, 2017 Susan Bradshaw
Nov 22, 2017 Tina Van Rikxoord
Nov 21, 2017 Stacy Anderson
Nov 20, 2017 patricia remollino
Nov 19, 2017 Elise McCoubrie
Nov 19, 2017 Janina Brzezina
Nov 18, 2017 Emma Brooks
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Gerald Ryan
Nov 18, 2017 Juliet Hogg
Nov 17, 2017 Chris Macy
Nov 17, 2017 Susan Kinzie
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
Nov 17, 2017 jerome moses
Nov 17, 2017 Anna Maria Sergi
Nov 17, 2017 Andrea Eisenberg
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Glenda Valle
Nov 16, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 16, 2017 Rudolf Filip
Nov 16, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Nov 16, 2017 shirley groves
Nov 16, 2017 Elena Newton
Nov 16, 2017 Jeanne Cambouris
Nov 16, 2017 Bettina Bowers
Nov 15, 2017 Kailtin McGonigle
Nov 15, 2017 Sandra Stahl
Nov 14, 2017 Janine Sanders
Nov 14, 2017 Yvonne Schaap
Nov 14, 2017 Bettina Wenk
Nov 14, 2017 R Mathoorasingh
Nov 13, 2017 Joann Smith
Nov 12, 2017 Heidi Ansell
Nov 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 11, 2017 Terri Lynch
Nov 10, 2017 Bruce Batchelor What a sick little island!
Nov 10, 2017 Laura LaRocca

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