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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


Dec 18, 2014 Tess Dunlap
Dec 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 18, 2014 Aaron Phoenix
Dec 18, 2014 Mariah Ramos
Dec 18, 2014 celeste del vecchio
Dec 18, 2014 Paschalia Keskinidou
Dec 18, 2014 Frank Kling
Dec 17, 2014 sonia duffy
Dec 17, 2014 Alexander Yeung This will make bird lover everywhere from near and far not very happy about this and will tick them off.
Dec 17, 2014 Emily Fox
Dec 17, 2014 Marjorie Coey I won't be visiting Malta...not unless this stops! I love birds and like them alive...disgusting!
Dec 17, 2014 Patricia Webster
Dec 17, 2014 Edie Urbasik
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 emanuela truzzi
Dec 16, 2014 Deanna Gentle
Dec 16, 2014 Theresa Leon-Espinoza
Dec 16, 2014 MARCIA LONGO
Dec 15, 2014 maria de lourdes turner sampaio duque stop with this sin in name of God.
Dec 15, 2014 Katia Keresztes "We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and we have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form." - William Ralph Inge
Dec 15, 2014 Kathy McLean
Dec 15, 2014 Toni Derr
Dec 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 14, 2014 Sonia Bourgault Stop to abuse and abuse again and again just for make money, your cupidity and EGO most be Stop NOW by the real law and the heart of your soul, wake-up, the whole planet see you, so change your mind and do something good for all life.
Dec 14, 2014 Melissa Frost
Dec 13, 2014 Maja W
Dec 13, 2014 Lori Pillow
Dec 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 13, 2014 Sabine Danelon
Dec 12, 2014 John Taylor Jr
Dec 12, 2014 Renee Burkhead
Dec 12, 2014 Elizabeth Hickman
Dec 12, 2014 C Hill
Dec 12, 2014 Perri Sussman
Dec 12, 2014 David john RIVINGTON MCDONOUH
Dec 12, 2014 Edward Aumack
Dec 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 11, 2014 Nicoletta Spedalieri
Dec 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 10, 2014 Ulrika Glaser Rydberg
Dec 10, 2014 Valarie Jones
Dec 10, 2014 Jausen Hyldahl
Dec 10, 2014 Elissa Fineman
Dec 10, 2014 Elisabetta Argenta
Dec 10, 2014 mary price
Dec 10, 2014 Carolina Luzardo
Dec 10, 2014 carly cowart
Dec 9, 2014 cathy anderson
Dec 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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