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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


Aug 22, 2014 Dorene Richman
Aug 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2014 Jessica tavaglione
Aug 22, 2014 Kim Foster
Aug 22, 2014 Jade Cross
Aug 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2014 Mary Sier
Aug 22, 2014 Jennifer Lucier
Aug 22, 2014 eric faibish
Aug 22, 2014 Stephen Garrow
Aug 22, 2014 Rhonda Garrow
Aug 22, 2014 terri sider
Aug 22, 2014 Elliot Wigren
Aug 22, 2014 Maria Wigren The hunt of migrating birds must end now!
Aug 22, 2014 sandi krawecki
Aug 22, 2014 georgia carver
Aug 22, 2014 Isabelle Conner
Aug 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2014 Christina Mastroianni
Aug 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2014 Jo Collins
Aug 22, 2014 Anne Garcia
Aug 21, 2014 Dirk Ferlen
Aug 21, 2014 Linda Webb
Aug 21, 2014 Chanelle Black
Aug 21, 2014 Iris Sinai
Aug 21, 2014 kirsten kinnear
Aug 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2014 meredith reinholdt
Aug 21, 2014 Tamara Carlson
Aug 21, 2014 Jean Buckland this has to stop. its very cruel and unnecessary. it's against God's will.
Aug 21, 2014 Elena Vitale
Aug 21, 2014 Patricia Shene
Aug 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2014 Selah Albrightson
Aug 21, 2014 Doreen Sevilla
Aug 21, 2014 Sónia Raimundo
Aug 20, 2014 kim jacobs It's time to end Malta's abuse of the Birds Directive
Aug 20, 2014 linda hale
Aug 20, 2014 Holly Kasten
Aug 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2014 Bélgica Bailey
Aug 20, 2014 Julie Walsh
Aug 20, 2014 tonya jones
Aug 20, 2014 susan w
Aug 20, 2014 Ida Fedik
Aug 20, 2014 Emma Spires
Aug 20, 2014 Char Cook
Aug 20, 2014 Jennifer Barsana

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