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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


Jul 31, 2014 Becky Mastoras
Jul 31, 2014 Kaley Bill
Jul 31, 2014 Bea Fischer
Jul 30, 2014 pamela weeks
Jul 30, 2014 Alexis Beasley
Jul 30, 2014 felisha juska
Jul 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2014 Taen Scherer
Jul 30, 2014 Nikki Sokol Mental illness is rampant in Malta apparantley
Jul 30, 2014 Jacqueline Cunha
Jul 30, 2014 Jennifer Birks
Jul 30, 2014 Florencia Areco
Jul 30, 2014 L Fleming
Jul 30, 2014 Roberto Angarita
Jul 30, 2014 N. Katayama
Jul 30, 2014 Darshanie Ramjit
Jul 30, 2014 K GIANNETTA
Jul 30, 2014 Dawn Carter
Jul 30, 2014 Mirko Pozenel
Jul 30, 2014 Jacqueline Malone
Jul 30, 2014 Carol A
Jul 30, 2014 Evette Garcia
Jul 30, 2014 Lori Rodriguez
Jul 30, 2014 Odette Alexandrian
Jul 30, 2014 Nancilee Iozzia
Jul 30, 2014 Colleen Murray
Jul 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2014 Laurie Price
Jul 30, 2014 Melissa Mazza
Jul 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2014 Donna Clouser
Jul 30, 2014 Linda Jagels
Jul 30, 2014 Raffaella Guzzetti
Jul 30, 2014 anne pham
Jul 30, 2014 lynne mead
Jul 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2014 Beth Hulevitch
Jul 30, 2014 yardenah presler
Jul 29, 2014 Laurence Mong
Jul 29, 2014 Gena Anderson
Jul 29, 2014 Rodolfo Sanchez
Jul 29, 2014 Georgia Koenig
Jul 29, 2014 Cornelia Wächter
Jul 29, 2014 Emma Kessler
Jul 29, 2014 Darcy Grosjean
Jul 29, 2014 Davy Bell
Jul 29, 2014 wendy clayton This appalling cruelty needs to stop NOW! NO Animal should have to endure such horrific cruelty
Jul 29, 2014 Viviana Martin A.
Jul 29, 2014 Pam Dinucci
Jul 29, 2014 Pamela Presti

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