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April 2015: Malta held a vote to decide whether to maintain its spring migratory bird hunt. Despite early polls suggesting the practice would finally end, pro-hunters won the referendum by a less than 1% margin, with nearly 30% of voters abstaining. However, each year Malta must reapply for exemption from the EU Bird Directive to legally kill thousands of birds each spring. Tell the European Court of Justice it's time to intervene and deny Malta's application to extend this senseless slaughter.
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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 3, 2015 Indigo Summer
May 3, 2015 Alice Sather
May 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 2, 2015 Kathryn Segal
May 1, 2015 Lynne Johnson
May 1, 2015 Lise Rapaport
May 1, 2015 Natasha Mazza
May 1, 2015 dawn Lafferty
May 1, 2015 kathy sutter
May 1, 2015 Carl Fernand
May 1, 2015 Olga Shumova
May 1, 2015 Miriam kremers
Apr 30, 2015 masumi shirai
Apr 30, 2015 Susan Glarum
Apr 30, 2015 Lisa Weeks
Apr 30, 2015 Donald Glenister
Apr 30, 2015 David Lund
Apr 30, 2015 Linda Straw
Apr 29, 2015 Paul Mills No to human cruelty and blood sport antics.
Apr 29, 2015 Christina Williams
Apr 29, 2015 Anna Pukhlimskaya
Apr 29, 2015 Jonnila Tan
Apr 29, 2015 sharon rinaldi Outlaw senseless murdering of these and all defenseless animals and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Apr 29, 2015 Mj Stewart
Apr 29, 2015 melanie lunn
Apr 28, 2015 mary fox Please stop the abuse!
Apr 28, 2015 margaret champagne
Apr 28, 2015 judith weed
Apr 28, 2015 Mary Lamagna
Apr 28, 2015 Bobbie Rayburn Stop the killing!!
Apr 28, 2015 Sara Frease
Apr 28, 2015 christina soli
Apr 28, 2015 JOAN WHALLEY WHO WILL YOU KILL WHEN THE BIRDS ARE NO LONGER THERE?????
Apr 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) We cann't be so selfish to kill and kill for what reason?
Apr 28, 2015 Pat Tudgay Please help thebirds
Apr 28, 2015 Heryle Ream
Apr 28, 2015 Yolanda Vega Stop this abuse. NOW
Apr 27, 2015 Manuela Abreu
Apr 27, 2015 Lissette Mojica
Apr 27, 2015 Maryann Utterback
Apr 27, 2015 Pamela Giardino
Apr 27, 2015 eve botelho
Apr 27, 2015 Linds Henry please stop the senseless slaughter of migrating birds
Apr 27, 2015 angela kelly
Apr 27, 2015 Jess lynn
Apr 27, 2015 Marianne Halaby
Apr 27, 2015 marla obrien
Apr 27, 2015 (Name not displayed) please stop
Apr 27, 2015 Charlene Robson
Apr 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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