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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 23, 2014 Vilma Cardoso
Sep 23, 2014 Liz Neal
Sep 23, 2014 Lori Smith Stop this ILLEGAL and horrible practice of spring hunting of migratory birds. They face too many obstacles as it is to survive, without also having to dodge bullets.
Sep 23, 2014 Lisa Provident
Sep 23, 2014 Paul Hirokawa
Sep 23, 2014 Stephanie Vargo
Sep 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 23, 2014 Annie Smit
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 Hillary Sutton
Sep 22, 2014 Sara DuBois
Sep 22, 2014 Jason Zastrow
Sep 22, 2014 chris jensrud
Sep 22, 2014 Susan Welch
Sep 22, 2014 Teresa Vanzeller
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 Peggy Wildsmith
Sep 22, 2014 Sieglinda Du Preez
Sep 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 21, 2014 Ellysian Paredes
Sep 21, 2014 ANA OBRIST
Sep 21, 2014 Christine Salido
Sep 21, 2014 Peter Ozzimo Jr
Sep 21, 2014 Francisco Javier Sánchez
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 lynn gray
Sep 20, 2014 Stacie Miller
Sep 20, 2014 kaitlyn odonnell
Sep 20, 2014 Maria Simao
Sep 20, 2014 antri papapanagiotou
Sep 19, 2014 Robin Mayne
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Shawnea Malin
Sep 19, 2014 john kilroy
Sep 19, 2014 Jean Miksic
Sep 19, 2014 M Busch
Sep 19, 2014 Dona Anderson
Sep 19, 2014 Joe Ward
Sep 19, 2014 Rhonda Thomason
Sep 19, 2014 Barbara Johnson
Sep 19, 2014 fred fall
Sep 19, 2014 Michele LaPorte
Sep 19, 2014 Tatiana Quinones
Sep 19, 2014 Yvette Dominguez
Sep 19, 2014 Roswitha Hanowski
Sep 19, 2014 Valerie Romero
Sep 18, 2014 Meghan Soukup
Sep 18, 2014 Andrea Russell
Sep 18, 2014 Elizabeth Rocco

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