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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: 30,772
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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


Jan 26, 2015 Denise Routly Why are you endangering these vulnerable species....Please stop the hunting!!!
Jan 26, 2015 Linda Bachmanek Sad.
Jan 26, 2015 Jo Schurtz
Jan 26, 2015 verena wazlawik
Jan 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 26, 2015 Joanna Behrens
Jan 26, 2015 Nola Brown
Jan 26, 2015 Lorenzo Aparicio
Jan 26, 2015 holly maticic
Jan 26, 2015 Elizabeth Thomas
Jan 26, 2015 Elisabeth Andersson
Jan 26, 2015 Carina Kjellsson
Jan 25, 2015 Barbara Gladfelter
Jan 25, 2015 Janina Grage
Jan 25, 2015 Janice Hoepfner
Jan 25, 2015 Rebecca Edstrom
Jan 25, 2015 Patricia Morres
Jan 25, 2015 Geneine Payne
Jan 25, 2015 Dianne Douglas
Jan 25, 2015 Joan MacDonald
Jan 25, 2015 roberta claypool
Jan 25, 2015 Donna Guardino
Jan 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 25, 2015 Deborah Guthrie
Jan 25, 2015 Keith Graves
Jan 25, 2015 Victoria Ansaldo
Jan 25, 2015 Robyn Reichert
Jan 25, 2015 Melissa Beaudry
Jan 25, 2015 Lynn Hansen
Jan 25, 2015 Malin Lunde
Jan 25, 2015 pamela guyon
Jan 25, 2015 Linda K Swift
Jan 25, 2015 elisabetta tamiazzo
Jan 25, 2015 patricia lindner
Jan 25, 2015 Maria DiDomenico
Jan 25, 2015 Ellen Goodman
Jan 25, 2015 Judit Kacso
Jan 25, 2015 Barbara Clukey
Jan 25, 2015 Lenise Mitchell
Jan 25, 2015 mary jackson this hunting is senseless! Do they feed hungry families? NO!!!!! Just senseless!!!!!!!!!
Jan 25, 2015 Tyrrell Mendis
Jan 24, 2015 Florence CHOQUET
Jan 24, 2015 Tomasz Mroziński
Jan 24, 2015 Karen DeCaussin STOP THE KILLING NOW.
Jan 24, 2015 bruce adkins
Jan 24, 2015 vanyoska gee
Jan 24, 2015 Gianfranco Cervellati
Jan 24, 2015 Stacey McCurley
Jan 24, 2015 Kitty Araiyama
Jan 24, 2015 Andréa Branco

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