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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


Apr 27, 2015 Manuela Abreu
Apr 27, 2015 Lissette Mojica
Apr 27, 2015 Maryann Utterback
Apr 27, 2015 Pamela Giardino
Apr 27, 2015 eve botelho
Apr 27, 2015 Linds Henry please stop the senseless slaughter of migrating birds
Apr 27, 2015 angela kelly
Apr 27, 2015 Jess lynn
Apr 27, 2015 Marianne Halaby
Apr 27, 2015 marla obrien
Apr 27, 2015 (Name not displayed) please stop
Apr 27, 2015 Charlene Robson
Apr 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 27, 2015 Angelique Lam
Apr 27, 2015 Nicole Siwak
Apr 27, 2015 Anne Pyterek
Apr 27, 2015 Julie Lane
Apr 27, 2015 svetlana davidovic
Apr 27, 2015 Zara Verryt
Apr 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 27, 2015 Jaci Wrana
Apr 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 27, 2015 lindy loo
Apr 27, 2015 dinda evans
Apr 26, 2015 karen bedford
Apr 26, 2015 Robert Terrell
Apr 26, 2015 Erika Cassar
Apr 26, 2015 CHARMAINE McCARROLL
Apr 25, 2015 L Ryan
Apr 25, 2015 jo lumsden
Apr 25, 2015 Silvia Raum
Apr 25, 2015 heather taheny
Apr 25, 2015 MARTHA RODRIGUEZ
Apr 24, 2015 Rose Williams
Apr 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2015 Kathie Boley
Apr 24, 2015 Margaret Woodall This is a disgraceful thing to do, these birds are so small and are of no use to you, so please stop the killing, these birds belong to us all not just you.
Apr 24, 2015 LAURA HART
Apr 24, 2015 Nicholette Ronga
Apr 24, 2015 Annamarie Noorbergen
Apr 24, 2015 sarah waite shameful
Apr 24, 2015 Caroline Kool
Apr 24, 2015 catherine szabelski
Apr 24, 2015 N.C. Morey Shame on you for upsetting the balance of nature in this horrendous way. Stop it, for the sake of all winged ones.
Apr 24, 2015 michael cetta
Apr 24, 2015 marlys benitah
Apr 24, 2015 Kylie Reinhardt
Apr 24, 2015 Stephanie Preedy
Apr 23, 2015 Detelina Guecheva
Apr 23, 2015 Ana Lucia Wagner Teles

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