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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 28, 2015 Catherine Caruso
May 28, 2015 Christine Burkman
May 28, 2015 Lorraine Smith
May 27, 2015 Marilyn Mason
May 27, 2015 Hiedi Tan
May 27, 2015 Leandra Adams
May 27, 2015 Susan Dixon
May 27, 2015 luigi bertoldo
May 27, 2015 anne lefebvre
May 27, 2015 Paul-Denis Clermont
May 27, 2015 marilyn shup
May 27, 2015 Sherry La Trasse
May 27, 2015 Patrick Golden
May 27, 2015 Stefanie Golden God entrusted man with the care of all His animals and one day we will have to answer for our treatment of them too!!
May 27, 2015 Marci Turner
May 26, 2015 MaryAnn Vasquez
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 Kimberly Mclaughlin
May 26, 2015 Shelly Peddicord
May 26, 2015 Terry Poage
May 26, 2015 Sue Hayward
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 Beverly Horsfield
May 26, 2015 Milo Reddaway
May 26, 2015 Catherine Blake Wake up, humans, we have been violent and it isn't the way to live. Let the birds live just as you wish to live. Respect life.
May 26, 2015 Virginia Kepner
May 26, 2015 Dana Kánská
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2015 Kathy Williams
May 25, 2015 lynda giller
May 25, 2015 Erika Kenny
May 24, 2015 Lauren Stein
May 24, 2015 Lorena Lee
May 24, 2015 dana wong
May 24, 2015 KURT CRUGER
May 24, 2015 John Marchesi Please
May 24, 2015 Susan Murray
May 24, 2015 Terri McQuillen
May 23, 2015 Mi Ok Bruining
May 23, 2015 Deborah Sward
May 23, 2015 Elodie Rodriguez
May 23, 2015 Tara Leigh Seriously!
May 23, 2015 simon davies
May 22, 2015 Tami Fleming
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Alison Sharpes
May 22, 2015 Jean du Ross
May 22, 2015 Ann Braselton
May 22, 2015 Karyn Pederson
May 22, 2015 Kerry Baughman

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