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April 2015: Malta held a vote to decide whether to maintain its spring migratory bird hunt. Despite early polls suggesting the practice would finally end, pro-hunters won the referendum by a less than 1% margin, with nearly 30% of voters abstaining. However, each year Malta must reapply for exemption from the EU Bird Directive to legally kill thousands of birds each spring. Tell the European Court of Justice it's time to intervene and deny Malta's application to extend this senseless slaughter.
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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 Karmenu Vella 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 Karmenu Vella,

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


May 25, 2015 Kathy Williams
May 25, 2015 lynda giller
May 25, 2015 Erika Kenny
May 24, 2015 Lauren Stein
May 24, 2015 Lorena Lee
May 24, 2015 dana wong
May 24, 2015 KURT CRUGER
May 24, 2015 John Marchesi Please
May 24, 2015 Susan Murray
May 24, 2015 Terri McQuillen
May 23, 2015 Mi Ok Bruining
May 23, 2015 Deborah Sward
May 23, 2015 Elodie Rodriguez
May 23, 2015 Tara Leigh Seriously!
May 23, 2015 simon davies
May 22, 2015 Tami Fleming
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May 22, 2015 Alison Sharpes
May 22, 2015 Jean du Ross
May 22, 2015 Ann Braselton
May 22, 2015 Karyn Pederson
May 22, 2015 Kerry Baughman
May 22, 2015 TAMARA BRAGG
May 22, 2015 Regina DeFalco Lippert
May 21, 2015 Lygea San Pedro
May 21, 2015 Silva Kruzic
May 21, 2015 Carl Macrae
May 21, 2015 Lisa Provident
May 21, 2015 Roger González
May 21, 2015 Lauren Bohannan
May 21, 2015 Anja Lehtiniemi
May 21, 2015 bozena zalwowska
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May 20, 2015 Alice Schewene
May 20, 2015 Cherrell Ollierou
May 20, 2015 Janna Arrington
May 20, 2015 harry longabaugh
May 20, 2015 Veronica Williams
May 20, 2015 FABIANO Sébastien
May 20, 2015 debbie meadows
May 19, 2015 fabs nacka
May 19, 2015 Teri Nix
May 19, 2015 David Sickles
May 18, 2015 Suzanne Elizabeth Hopner
May 18, 2015 Carrie Kashan Really, leave animals alone for heaven's sake.
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May 18, 2015 Sage Melocik
May 18, 2015 LAURA mendez velazquez
May 18, 2015 Ljubomir Manola
May 17, 2015 michelle turner

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