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On 1 November 2014, Karmenu Vella took over the office of Commissioner for the Environment. Commissioner Vella is from Malta, so it's our hope that his familiarity with the spring hunts will eventually make them a thing of the past! Sign today and show your support!
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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


Mar 30, 2015 Suzanne Harris
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Mar 30, 2015 Lisa S Auch
Mar 30, 2015 v r
Mar 30, 2015 Helen Torosian
Mar 30, 2015 kimberlee mills
Mar 30, 2015 Laura Healy
Mar 30, 2015 Terri Ertle
Mar 29, 2015 Sue Clayden
Mar 29, 2015 Rosa Corgatelli
Mar 29, 2015 Suzanna van der Voort PLease make all of Europe's skies safe for migrating birds and stop the shame of Malta!
Mar 29, 2015 Anna Maria Titon
Mar 29, 2015 Patricia Dixon
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Mar 28, 2015 Irina Gorlovitski
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Mar 27, 2015 Kelly Inviere
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Mar 27, 2015 Kathy Okulewicz
Mar 27, 2015 Amberlyn Murray
Mar 26, 2015 a metcalf
Mar 26, 2015 Maria Jazic Beenden Sie diese schrecklichen Tierquälereien!
Mar 26, 2015 Catherine Raymond
Mar 26, 2015 sandra reguera
Mar 25, 2015 Sue Waterman
Mar 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2015 Jack and Margarita Denman COWARDLY, CARELESS AND HEARTLESS MALTA!! THIS KIND OF CRUELTY IS NOT ACCEPTABLE IN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY!!
Mar 25, 2015 Mary Gedert
Mar 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2015 Marcia Futa
Mar 25, 2015 Veronica Spassova
Mar 25, 2015 Lorraine Dumas
Mar 24, 2015 Robert Keiser
Mar 24, 2015 Leni Fox
Mar 24, 2015 Romy Bank
Mar 24, 2015 jacqui ricketts
Mar 24, 2015 Sheila Winegarden
Mar 23, 2015 Kim Walsh Please End The Spring Migration Hunting In Malta
Mar 23, 2015 Faith Kurdi
Mar 23, 2015 Elizabeth Aguirre
Mar 23, 2015 Ea Eilimo
Mar 23, 2015 Kristin Johnson
Mar 23, 2015 Beth Matlock
Mar 22, 2015 Dawn Barber
Mar 22, 2015 covi lopez
Mar 22, 2015 Laurry Michlin
Mar 22, 2015 nayana yashwari

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