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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


Dec 26, 2014 Thomas Ebner
Dec 26, 2014 Stephen Kern
Dec 26, 2014 lori gearhart
Dec 26, 2014 Brittney Walters
Dec 25, 2014 Tara Jankovic What is it exactly that people get out of destroying beauty?
Dec 25, 2014 waylon canuel
Dec 25, 2014 ankie brunschot
Dec 25, 2014 nerea herrero
Dec 24, 2014 Susan Brown
Dec 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 24, 2014 Catarina Pinho
Dec 24, 2014 kathleen ricciardi
Dec 24, 2014 Lukas Garcia
Dec 24, 2014 Gabriel Garcia
Dec 23, 2014 Gudrun Garcia
Dec 23, 2014 Zachary Garcia
Dec 23, 2014 Tristan Jacques
Dec 22, 2014 Marta Feio
Dec 22, 2014 Jaroslava Novakova
Dec 22, 2014 anthony roberts
Dec 22, 2014 barbara lilly
Dec 22, 2014 Gina Freitas
Dec 22, 2014 Maria Borremans
Dec 22, 2014 b w
Dec 22, 2014 Elaine Waldron
Dec 22, 2014 carole hagen
Dec 22, 2014 Michael Coffey
Dec 22, 2014 Leisa Baumann
Dec 21, 2014 Dulcie Camp
Dec 21, 2014 connie clarke
Dec 21, 2014 maria kljuce
Dec 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 19, 2014 Karl Hoermann
Dec 19, 2014 Sue Hickford
Dec 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) this is just wrong!!! END IT NOW
Dec 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 19, 2014 Caren Ferris
Dec 19, 2014 Marianne Rech
Dec 18, 2014 Tess Dunlap
Dec 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 18, 2014 Aaron Phoenix
Dec 18, 2014 Mariah Ramos
Dec 18, 2014 celeste del vecchio
Dec 18, 2014 Paschalia Keskinidou
Dec 18, 2014 Frank Kling
Dec 17, 2014 sonia duffy
Dec 17, 2014 Alexander Yeung This will make bird lover everywhere from near and far not very happy about this and will tick them off.
Dec 17, 2014 Emily Fox
Dec 17, 2014 Marjorie Coey I won't be visiting Malta...not unless this stops! I love birds and like them alive...disgusting!

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