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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


Nov 24, 2014 Adriana Flores
Nov 24, 2014 jeanine mielke
Nov 24, 2014 Cory Sites
Nov 24, 2014 Rae Sawyer
Nov 23, 2014 Phyllis cafagna
Nov 23, 2014 christa pellikaan
Nov 23, 2014 Marit Haugan
Nov 23, 2014 Pat Kellim
Nov 23, 2014 Andrea Eleveld
Nov 22, 2014 Maribel Ortega
Nov 22, 2014 Kathlen Steinrücken
Nov 22, 2014 Olivia Petty
Nov 22, 2014 Florencia Ferrero Motta
Nov 22, 2014 Barton Grimm
Nov 21, 2014 Natalie Cizmas
Nov 21, 2014 Barbara Sergent
Nov 21, 2014 Karen Lozow
Nov 21, 2014 Theresa Zöller
Nov 21, 2014 Hannah Rockey
Nov 21, 2014 dave sumpton SHAME THEY CANNOT SHOOT BACK
Nov 21, 2014 Marisela Vega
Nov 21, 2014 Kirstin Cole
Nov 21, 2014 Beth Laurer
Nov 21, 2014 Margit Maguire
Nov 21, 2014 Shelley Eng
Nov 21, 2014 maggie salem
Nov 21, 2014 emilie schaumburg
Nov 21, 2014 Diane Williford
Nov 21, 2014 Anirban Ash
Nov 21, 2014 Marjo Jongstra
Nov 20, 2014 Annie Idrissi
Nov 20, 2014 Roy Conner This is disgusting and should be stopped.
Nov 20, 2014 Margaret Argyle Come into the light, Malta. Get out of your "dark age" thinking. Join the rest of the European countries and stop this Spring Hunt.
Nov 20, 2014 maria ramos
Nov 20, 2014 Shannon Sloan
Nov 20, 2014 Tatiana Musatova
Nov 20, 2014 Piero Masarati
Nov 20, 2014 K K
Nov 19, 2014 Lisa Perry
Nov 19, 2014 Fabiola Vasquez
Nov 19, 2014 CYNDI OVERHULSE
Nov 19, 2014 LaDonna Enters
Nov 19, 2014 Carla Presnell
Nov 19, 2014 Cristin Moore
Nov 19, 2014 Helen Chambers
Nov 19, 2014 Peter Mendham
Nov 19, 2014 Anna Tolmacheva
Nov 19, 2014 luba beganovic
Nov 19, 2014 marley mcdermott Please Help
Nov 19, 2014 Jessica Edwards

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