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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!
Goal: 45,000 Progress: 31,202
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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


Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2015 Giselle .
Feb 27, 2015 Linda Boyd
Feb 27, 2015 LUCUTA CONSTANTIN
Feb 26, 2015 Catherine Tallman
Feb 26, 2015 shara kent
Feb 26, 2015 lena fribing
Feb 26, 2015 v v
Feb 26, 2015 Janice Loftus
Feb 26, 2015 Rachael Pappano
Feb 26, 2015 Julia Stahl
Feb 26, 2015 robert wiehemeijer
Feb 26, 2015 chenie kaur
Feb 25, 2015 Maurrrn mccoy
Feb 25, 2015 Teresa Olsen
Feb 25, 2015 Teresa Gallagher
Feb 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2015 Lynne Porter Humans have caused the extinction of too many species on this planet already. Please let these birds migrate in peace.
Feb 25, 2015 susan rodrigues
Feb 25, 2015 Danielle Botha
Feb 25, 2015 Angélique Hertig
Feb 25, 2015 paul needles
Feb 25, 2015 Nicola Quinn
Feb 25, 2015 Cheryl Hughes
Feb 25, 2015 marisol melgarejo
Feb 24, 2015 Gabrielle Bueno
Feb 24, 2015 Kellie Gee
Feb 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2015 Véronique Lajoinie
Feb 24, 2015 michele tritscher
Feb 24, 2015 Sylvie Auger
Feb 24, 2015 Maria Teresa Schollhorn
Feb 23, 2015 April Halican
Feb 23, 2015 Mary Thomas
Feb 23, 2015 Nicola Breen Patrick
Feb 23, 2015 Leigh Saunders
Feb 23, 2015 Patrick M. Donovan
Feb 23, 2015 Nancy W
Feb 23, 2015 Jane Olson
Feb 23, 2015 Patricia Fuentes
Feb 23, 2015 Barbara Vieira
Feb 23, 2015 sue harrington
Feb 23, 2015 Ruth Litton
Feb 23, 2015 Pirjo Sundqvist
Feb 23, 2015 Danny Madzhurova
Feb 23, 2015 Debbie Williamson
Feb 23, 2015 Marianne Rehfeld
Feb 23, 2015 Helen Auzins
Feb 23, 2015 Diane van Weelie
Feb 23, 2015 Yael Shimshin

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