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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


Jun 30, 2015 AURORE Talloen
Jun 30, 2015 Patricia C. Rohan
Jun 29, 2015 Roberto Cipolla
Jun 29, 2015 Corinne Gaulon
Jun 29, 2015 Majbritt Engbo Nielsen
Jun 28, 2015 Judy Fore
Jun 28, 2015 Linda Astleford I am 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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Jun 28, 2015 Janice Long
Jun 28, 2015 Virginia Allgaier
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Jun 26, 2015 Laurie Forbes
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Jun 25, 2015 Kim Decker
Jun 25, 2015 Mary Prelovsky
Jun 25, 2015 Stelios Armenis
Jun 25, 2015 Alicja Bożek
Jun 25, 2015 Gunnar Lien
Jun 25, 2015 Camille Dent
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Jun 24, 2015 Linda Marasco
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Jun 23, 2015 Shirley Harris
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