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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


Aug 4, 2015 Kimberley McKibbin
Aug 4, 2015 Angela Miller
Aug 4, 2015 Camilla Prosise
Aug 4, 2015 Stacey boyd
Aug 4, 2015 Susanne Kanzler
Aug 4, 2015 Eva Hiwan Abraha
Aug 4, 2015 P T
Aug 3, 2015 India Pugel
Aug 3, 2015 Sharron Sell
Aug 3, 2015 Valerie Sanderson
Aug 3, 2015 Barbara Sickles
Aug 3, 2015 Maria Critina Arthur
Aug 3, 2015 Elaine Whitefield
Aug 3, 2015 Deborah Flowers
Aug 3, 2015 Melissa Masters
Aug 3, 2015 Milli Barton
Aug 3, 2015 Angus Barkley
Aug 3, 2015 Renate Chappell
Aug 3, 2015 Ekaterina Obuhova
Aug 3, 2015 Fiona Pereira
Aug 3, 2015 Jeannette Weber
Aug 3, 2015 Robin Langdale Take action NOW and STOP this inhumane behavior
Aug 3, 2015 Margaret Sober
Aug 3, 2015 Patricia Hall The spring hunts in Malta have been condemned worldwide and was broadcast widely in the press last year. Please stand by the European Court's decision and stop these futile hunts.
Aug 3, 2015 Pat Williams
Aug 3, 2015 Donna Fish
Aug 3, 2015 mip clark
Aug 3, 2015 Cinzia Corradi
Aug 3, 2015 Susan Sandell
Aug 3, 2015 Ellen M. Parent
Aug 3, 2015 Lysa Hannigan
Aug 2, 2015 David Valentino
Aug 2, 2015 Helgaleena Healingline
Aug 2, 2015 Joanna Clarke
Aug 2, 2015 Keri Knuthson
Aug 2, 2015 clare beck
Aug 1, 2015 Paula Thurston
Aug 1, 2015 marissa abramovic
Aug 1, 2015 Jennifer Collins
Aug 1, 2015 Stephen Degiorgio
Aug 1, 2015 Greg Wilson This is tragic and reflects badly on Malta. It must stop.
Aug 1, 2015 Nylka Pinero
Aug 1, 2015 Karen Rubino
Aug 1, 2015 Jim Wellborn
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2015 Maria Simao
Aug 1, 2015 Deborah Kmiecik
Aug 1, 2015 Paul Judge Human arrogance at its worst. This stupid cruelty needs to have worldwide attention
Aug 1, 2015 Heidi Kausch
Jul 31, 2015 haulani fuller

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