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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


Jan 30, 2015 Marti Barrett Please help these innocent animals ... Please. Just because we cannot end all the suffering, doesn't mean we shouldn't end any. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Jan 30, 2015 John Collings
Jan 30, 2015 Rhonda Bradley
Jan 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2015 liz krajeski
Jan 29, 2015 Mary Fitzgerald
Jan 29, 2015 Shaidea Walker
Jan 29, 2015 Angie Haynes
Jan 29, 2015 Sonya Nel
Jan 28, 2015 sofia harley
Jan 28, 2015 James Mulconry
Jan 28, 2015 Kelsey Kennedy
Jan 28, 2015 Denise Hatch
Jan 28, 2015 Stacy Manuel
Jan 28, 2015 Henriette Zeggeren
Jan 28, 2015 carrie burr
Jan 28, 2015 Karen Meth
Jan 28, 2015 Melissa Prescott
Jan 28, 2015 Arthur Rochester It neither sops the spread of disease nor does it protect vulnerable species to shoot migratory birds each spring. These are protected species in other European countries and those sanctions must be respected.
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2015 Richard Engle
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please end the spring hunts - the world needs these birds.
Jan 28, 2015 carrie leonard
Jan 28, 2015 nadine hanssens
Jan 28, 2015 frederique dizy
Jan 28, 2015 Jennifer Blankshein
Jan 28, 2015 Linda Elgin
Jan 28, 2015 susi holloway
Jan 28, 2015 J L
Jan 28, 2015 Theresa Jenkins
Jan 28, 2015 Charlene Moody
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 27, 2015 sue schlick
Jan 27, 2015 Norma Sutcliffe
Jan 27, 2015 Barbara Strugala
Jan 27, 2015 Patricia Humphreys
Jan 27, 2015 Shanna Fouts
Jan 27, 2015 Merlin Hay
Jan 27, 2015 Adele Halbreich
Jan 27, 2015 Lee Sides
Jan 27, 2015 Lori Hone Stop your arrogant destruction and killing of these birds, it is illegal and wrong on every level
Jan 27, 2015 Sylvie Robin
Jan 27, 2015 Anna Jasiukiewicz
Jan 27, 2015 Caroline Broughton
Jan 27, 2015 christine evans
Jan 26, 2015 sims raymon
Jan 26, 2015 Isabela Calin
Jan 26, 2015 Leah Fulton
Jan 26, 2015 Marcia McGuire

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