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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


May 25, 2018 Veta Murray
May 25, 2018 Robin Riley
May 25, 2018 Terri Hughes
May 25, 2018 Sandi Bowen
May 25, 2018 Joanna Prideaux
May 25, 2018 Alison Aplin
May 25, 2018 Jacqueline Godbout
May 25, 2018 sylvia kurdjian
May 24, 2018 Carey Sutton
May 23, 2018 Shannah Tenner
May 23, 2018 Douglas Pryce
May 22, 2018 Peter Fell
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 KATHLEEN TENNYSON
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Penelope DeCoster
May 21, 2018 Ute Kummer
May 21, 2018 Sarah Hugo
May 21, 2018 jen plishka
May 21, 2018 Jean-Pierre Lacan
May 21, 2018 Petra Stadtmueller
May 20, 2018 Melissa Lewis
May 20, 2018 Sue White
May 20, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Sabrina Zilske
May 19, 2018 Reidun Carstens
May 19, 2018 Sharon Lacoste So much senseless killing. Hunters aren't worthy of anything. They only kill the harmless and defenseless.
May 19, 2018 Laura Waterworth
May 19, 2018 Michelle Soos
May 18, 2018 Claudia Frosch
May 18, 2018 Mani S
May 18, 2018 AMY JOHANNESEN
May 18, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 18, 2018 Donna Hart
May 18, 2018 Jaci Taylor
May 18, 2018 Mona Boggio
May 18, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 18, 2018 Wendy Novick
May 17, 2018 faye munro
May 17, 2018 Lisa Kidd-Goodman
May 17, 2018 Cristina Carvalho
May 17, 2018 Kim Johnson
May 16, 2018 Penny Duke
May 16, 2018 Sally Bradley
May 16, 2018 Viktoriya Chukhnina
May 16, 2018 Evangeline Miranda
May 16, 2018 Kiantha Shadduck
May 15, 2018 Susan Fleming
May 15, 2018 PAULA LLOYD

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