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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 1, 2014 Connie Scribner
Oct 1, 2014 Kim Taylor
Oct 1, 2014 Theresa DiGuilio
Oct 1, 2014 maria loureiro
Sep 30, 2014 Sema Richards
Sep 30, 2014 marianne fagerstrøm Malta has been killing Our migranting birds for years. Let maltese Hunters og to hell, how I hate this People and their government.
Sep 30, 2014 Donna Montgomery
Sep 30, 2014 Carla Caston
Sep 30, 2014 Lorraine Pierre
Sep 30, 2014 Robin Foster
Sep 30, 2014 Stefano Fuschetto
Sep 30, 2014 Brett O'Donnell
Sep 30, 2014 Dagmar Goebelbecker
Sep 30, 2014 Jenna Leder
Sep 30, 2014 Shannon Roscoe
Sep 30, 2014 Jackie O'Meara
Sep 30, 2014 Arlene Patoray
Sep 29, 2014 Christian Wegenschimmel
Sep 29, 2014 Debbie King
Sep 29, 2014 Angela Pope
Sep 29, 2014 Julia Yadi
Sep 29, 2014 Emma Zuber
Sep 29, 2014 Patricia Parramore
Sep 29, 2014 cliff herthel
Sep 28, 2014 Alex Parris
Sep 28, 2014 Jacqueline Dougherty
Sep 28, 2014 Nicole Murray
Sep 28, 2014 Lisa Weston Bialy
Sep 28, 2014 Eva Terry
Sep 28, 2014 Henrietta Smith
Sep 27, 2014 Colleen Carroll
Sep 27, 2014 julie kubica
Sep 27, 2014 Manuela Sabin-Liñares Dajani
Sep 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 27, 2014 Holly Averyt Stop the hunting of our birds.
Sep 27, 2014 L Harding This is a barbaric massacre and nothing else!
Sep 27, 2014 Carole GABURRO
Sep 27, 2014 Clara Madrigal-Bermudez
Sep 26, 2014 Kathy Aprile
Sep 26, 2014 Rick Thomason
Sep 26, 2014 Viktoria Cohen
Sep 26, 2014 lione r worton
Sep 26, 2014 Mr. & Mrs. Metzler
Sep 26, 2014 Patti Palmer
Sep 26, 2014 Margaret Keane
Sep 26, 2014 Tanya Franks
Sep 25, 2014 Gary Hill
Sep 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 25, 2014 Jan Smith
Sep 25, 2014 Barbara Rosen

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