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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


Sep 16, 2014 Dana Myers
Sep 16, 2014 R Lefevre
Sep 16, 2014 Marie rose Dingens
Sep 15, 2014 suzie TUCKER
Sep 15, 2014 Marcelyn Thomas
Sep 15, 2014 Veronique Guinard
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2014 Marci Plant
Sep 15, 2014 Sherry Smith
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed) Birds that migrate should not be thinned out due to hunting. They rely on your help to keep their numbers and way of life thriving for generations to come. Your Country is fortunate enough to have them fly to your lands for survival.
Sep 15, 2014 Viviane Escudie
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2014 Michael Cooper
Sep 14, 2014 Ann Appleton
Sep 14, 2014 Holly Stockfish
Sep 14, 2014 kelly desensi
Sep 14, 2014 James Carrell
Sep 14, 2014 Beverly Roberts
Sep 13, 2014 Adrineh Safarian
Sep 13, 2014 Anja Simons Newkirk
Sep 13, 2014 Laila Sunde
Sep 13, 2014 Sandra Thompson
Sep 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2014 Lubna Abdullah
Sep 13, 2014 cathy todd
Sep 12, 2014 gabriela baumann
Sep 12, 2014 Hiltrud Bajraktaraj End The Spring Migration Hunting In Malta
Sep 12, 2014 Laurie Fisher
Sep 12, 2014 Diana Chirciu
Sep 12, 2014 Mary Osmundson
Sep 12, 2014 Christa Izzi
Sep 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 12, 2014 karen watton
Sep 12, 2014 Diana Lawrence
Sep 12, 2014 jaya bhattacharya
Sep 12, 2014 Nancy Nolan
Sep 12, 2014 Dylan Engels
Sep 12, 2014 Marie-josé JOURDREN
Sep 11, 2014 kristi biles
Sep 11, 2014 Danielle Choquette If we stop the abuse on Nature,we are able to enjoy its beauty and be partakers of its abundance.
Sep 10, 2014 Kyle Masciari
Sep 10, 2014 Anna krebbs
Sep 10, 2014 Helga Lobinger
Sep 10, 2014 Caroline Maurinier
Sep 10, 2014 Kathrin Ernstberger
Sep 10, 2014 Frantzeska Tyrannes Please, Jesus Christ, inYour Holy name make them stop. Please help us and those fighting this cause to win over the cruel deeds of some humans. Change the laws to protect and guard them not the cruel people. We need Your power, spirit and might, Amen.
Sep 10, 2014 Leslie Yergeau
Sep 10, 2014 Viens Christiane
Sep 10, 2014 Keiko Noguchi
Sep 10, 2014 shana smith

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