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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


Jun 20, 2018 Wendy Lukowitz
Jun 20, 2018 Gloria SCIANDRA
Jun 19, 2018 Susan Diller
Jun 19, 2018 Tony Doxas ...AND THEN THEY SAY OUR OUTDOOR CATS ARE TO BLAME FOR THE BIRD POPULATION GOING DOWN! MAN IS THE GREEDIEST PREDATOR ON THIS PLANET.
Jun 19, 2018 HELEN JONES
Jun 19, 2018 Sandra Larsen
Jun 19, 2018 Judi Luthy
Jun 18, 2018 Cynthia Lantz
Jun 16, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 16, 2018 Gina Nanarjain
Jun 10, 2018 JULIE ROBERTS
Jun 10, 2018 Sophie Avoustin
Jun 10, 2018 laura Haworth
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra Thompson
Jun 8, 2018 Janina Kowa
Jun 8, 2018 irina clark
Jun 7, 2018 Carol Felicello
Jun 7, 2018 Lisa Sharp
Jun 4, 2018 Mollie Vreeland
Jun 2, 2018 ELIZABETH SAPPINGTON
Jun 2, 2018 Sue Lindley
May 31, 2018 Andreja Stimac
May 31, 2018 Pauline Desilets
May 30, 2018 Stephanie Black-Mcdonald
May 30, 2018 Lili Shintani
May 30, 2018 Randel Miranda
May 30, 2018 Brandi Shelby
May 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 29, 2018 Antonella Grimaldi
May 29, 2018 Marcia Summers
May 29, 2018 Niki O'Connor
May 29, 2018 Elaine Pfefferkorn
May 28, 2018 Suzanne Oakes
May 28, 2018 raisa hebra
May 28, 2018 Hagen Simon
May 28, 2018 Linda Wiltshire
May 28, 2018 Deanna Phillips
May 27, 2018 Julie Wild
May 27, 2018 Sylvia Mittler
May 27, 2018 Julia Moore
May 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2018 mildred BROCKWELL
May 27, 2018 irina antoshkina
May 27, 2018 J McDermott
May 27, 2018 Bernie Doherty Malta you are a disgrace I WAS to hoilday this year to Malta But I will not knowing now of THEIR EVIL barbarism
May 27, 2018 Charity Thayn
May 26, 2018 Dorothy Walker
May 25, 2018 Veta Murray
May 25, 2018 Robin Riley
May 25, 2018 Terri Hughes

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