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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


Aug 1, 2015 Stephen Degiorgio
Aug 1, 2015 Greg Wilson This is tragic and reflects badly on Malta. It must stop.
Aug 1, 2015 Nylka Pinero
Aug 1, 2015 Karen Rubino
Aug 1, 2015 Jim Wellborn
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2015 Maria Simao
Aug 1, 2015 Deborah Kmiecik
Aug 1, 2015 Paul Judge Human arrogance at its worst. This stupid cruelty needs to have worldwide attention
Aug 1, 2015 Heidi Kausch
Jul 31, 2015 haulani fuller
Jul 31, 2015 LeeAnn Young
Jul 31, 2015 cindy combs
Jul 31, 2015 Jennifer Roney
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 Lisa Hanley
Jul 31, 2015 Laura Murphy
Jul 31, 2015 Rose Hickford
Jul 31, 2015 Marce Walsh We must be the voices for the animals!
Jul 31, 2015 Ashleigh Morin
Jul 31, 2015 Brian Thornton
Jul 31, 2015 Kathleen Thomas
Jul 31, 2015 Cynthia Milner
Jul 31, 2015 Elisabeth Wouters
Jul 31, 2015 Undine Nestler
Jul 31, 2015 Sabine G.
Jul 31, 2015 James Deep
Jul 31, 2015 Denise Herek
Jul 31, 2015 Robert Thorne
Jul 31, 2015 maria pacifico
Jul 31, 2015 Anitra Hampton
Jul 31, 2015 Linda Raatz
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 Christine Anyalai
Jul 31, 2015 Zoe Bremer Malta has a dearth of wildlife and urgently needs legislation and practical action to protect and promote the breeding of its native animals and plants to secure a healthier ecosytem.
Jul 31, 2015 Maria Riojas
Jul 30, 2015 ruth ferguson
Jul 30, 2015 jan Thomas
Jul 30, 2015 Sarah Barrett
Jul 30, 2015 J Ramirez
Jul 30, 2015 Josie Farinaccio
Jul 30, 2015 ludmila vorobieff
Jul 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2015 Celina Silva
Jul 30, 2015 Pauline Borg
Jul 30, 2015 Laura Christie
Jul 30, 2015 Parvirtre Roodal-Arjoon
Jul 30, 2015 Tatjana Kink
Jul 30, 2015 TONI MILLER

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