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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


Jul 29, 2014 Monika Szczurek
Jul 29, 2014 pat morris the worlds gone mad,man will be the downfall of the planet
Jul 28, 2014 Ann Larcombe
Jul 28, 2014 Sylvia Easton
Jul 28, 2014 Huney Goh
Jul 28, 2014 Kat Apichachaipong
Jul 28, 2014 Philippe Jungo
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed) DO YOUR JOB!You have been entrusted to protect these beautiful creatures so do it.Birds are amazing creatures and have a hard enough life migrating.Don't let people get away w/slaughtering birds,someone needs to care for and about them.So pls do your job!
Jul 28, 2014 Joan Christensen
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Linda Mattice
Jul 28, 2014 Loretta Clark Soon all we will have to show our children is a picture of these beautiful birds because you have allowed them to be hunted and killed! THEY WEREN'T PUT HERE ON THIS EARTH TO BE MURDERED!
Jul 28, 2014 Stephanie Rogers
Jul 28, 2014 Mara Delta
Jul 28, 2014 Katrina Gold
Jul 28, 2014 Jody Conrad
Jul 28, 2014 gerry martin
Jul 28, 2014 Fredericka Renshaw Please stop this terrible hunting of these birds - it is not humane in the least
Jul 28, 2014 Roxana Mercenario
Jul 28, 2014 reina peterson
Jul 28, 2014 Caroline Klapproth
Jul 28, 2014 K Eller
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Kathleen Hansen
Jul 28, 2014 Lauren Finkelstein
Jul 28, 2014 marina castro
Jul 28, 2014 Sandra Finetti
Jul 28, 2014 Kelly Solomon
Jul 28, 2014 Jules JAIN
Jul 28, 2014 sue holdsworth
Jul 28, 2014 Michelle Riley
Jul 28, 2014 Archie Neilson
Jul 28, 2014 alfred lopena Stop this madness!!
Jul 28, 2014 Valerie Farrell
Jul 28, 2014 Susan McHugh
Jul 28, 2014 Anne Bond
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Anita Smith
Jul 28, 2014 Misha Mejia
Jul 28, 2014 Anne Greene
Jul 28, 2014 Charles Peck Please. Help protect all birds from abuse, it's the right thing to do!...thank you.
Jul 28, 2014 michelle lewis
Jul 28, 2014 Claire Oakes
Jul 28, 2014 Claire Burdett
Jul 28, 2014 Judith Cavey So many species of birds are in decline. The mass killing of birds each year in Malta - and other Mediterranean countries - must stop before they become extinct. There is no need to kill migratory birds, life is hard enough without an annual massacre.
Jul 28, 2014 Linda Coom Our birds are precious and, I think, should be valued and protected. Mankind has deliberately wiped out species in the past but we're supposed to be civilised now. Stop this slaughter, I will NEVER visit Malta while it continues.
Jul 27, 2014 Ivan Lacore
Jul 27, 2014 Claire Bosma
Jul 27, 2014 Wendy Olek
Jul 27, 2014 Marion Hulen

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