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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 28, 2014 Cindy Mitchell
Nov 28, 2014 corinne davis
Nov 28, 2014 Donna Weeks
Nov 28, 2014 Denise Hilliard
Nov 28, 2014 Beverly Crawford
Nov 28, 2014 lizeth marquez
Nov 28, 2014 Barbara Higgs
Nov 28, 2014 Terri Wacaster
Nov 28, 2014 Cynthia Rosmus
Nov 27, 2014 Janice Brasavage
Nov 27, 2014 Frankie Seymour
Nov 27, 2014 kim walsh
Nov 27, 2014 ivana carrozzi
Nov 27, 2014 Janice Elton
Nov 27, 2014 madeleine dao
Nov 26, 2014 Emily Tenaglia
Nov 26, 2014 Roxanne Denise Flynn-Webb
Nov 26, 2014 marcy peverell
Nov 26, 2014 Tonisha Webb
Nov 26, 2014 lynn ross
Nov 25, 2014 Rhonda Banks
Nov 25, 2014 JOAN INKPIN
Nov 25, 2014 Janis Ley
Nov 25, 2014 Mariamne Wulfsohn
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

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