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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 29, 2014 asuncion mathey
Aug 29, 2014 merrilee roberts
Aug 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 28, 2014 Lisa Williams
Aug 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 28, 2014 Sabrina Renault
Aug 28, 2014 Kay Mac
Aug 28, 2014 Eric Porzadek
Aug 28, 2014 Craig Ryan
Aug 28, 2014 Saundra adair
Aug 28, 2014 Anastasia KARAGIANNIDIS
Aug 28, 2014 Unique Johnson
Aug 28, 2014 TERRY SANCHEZ
Aug 27, 2014 Diane Myers It is very cruel for these beautiful birds to be shot - this must stop to allow proper habitats.
Aug 27, 2014 pepper rundle
Aug 27, 2014 Jim Faulks
Aug 27, 2014 Earl Storms
Aug 27, 2014 Bernie Johnson
Aug 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2014 julie wylie leave the birds alone and stop killing them
Aug 27, 2014 Pamela Rusch
Aug 27, 2014 linda kolby
Aug 27, 2014 Sharon Stolt
Aug 27, 2014 Diana Rayson let the birds fly free without harm to none. So I say it, so let it be.
Aug 27, 2014 Carolyn Smith Feyler
Aug 27, 2014 Sandra Shivers
Aug 27, 2014 vanitha pujari
Aug 27, 2014 Marie Davis
Aug 27, 2014 Karen Scrivner
Aug 27, 2014 Silvia Wolff
Aug 27, 2014 Teresa Cefai
Aug 27, 2014 Lucia Baker
Aug 27, 2014 Minerva Krueger
Aug 27, 2014 Leatta Anderson
Aug 27, 2014 Stella chilingaryan
Aug 27, 2014 Rita cihlar
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Aug 27, 2014 Federico Bortoletto
Aug 27, 2014 maria solitro
Aug 27, 2014 angela scalabrino
Aug 26, 2014 ruchi sharma
Aug 26, 2014 Lili Burminskaja
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Aug 26, 2014 sally bascom
Aug 26, 2014 Rebekah Baldwin
Aug 26, 2014 Beverly Zurman
Aug 26, 2014 Daniella Kiewicz STOP PUPPY MILLS!!!!! ADOPT A PET!!!
Aug 26, 2014 cherie trounce
Aug 26, 2014 LuAnn Kremer

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