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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 21, 2014 Mia Dravis
Jul 21, 2014 michele kirk
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 Cecil Torres
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 Dennise J.
Jul 21, 2014 Alina Chechik
Jul 21, 2014 Barbara Hart
Jul 21, 2014 Judy McKinney
Jul 21, 2014 ida olsson
Jul 21, 2014 Norah Murray
Jul 21, 2014 Tatiana Koroleva
Jul 21, 2014 christa merken
Jul 21, 2014 Shaun Collins
Jul 20, 2014 Elaine D'Angelo
Jul 20, 2014 Lhasa Compton
Jul 20, 2014 alejandra morales
Jul 20, 2014 Philllipa O'Neill
Jul 20, 2014 Mercedes Salgueiro
Jul 20, 2014 Acassia pereira
Jul 20, 2014 Patricia Schally
Jul 20, 2014 Rolaine Bird
Jul 20, 2014 Ana Claudia Carreira Molina
Jul 20, 2014 olga karadaki
Jul 20, 2014 Macyle Candela
Jul 20, 2014 Tara larkin
Jul 19, 2014 Jose de Arteaga
Jul 19, 2014 Katie Cole
Jul 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2014 Debra Huffman
Jul 19, 2014 donna salisbury
Jul 19, 2014 Linda Remington
Jul 19, 2014 josette ferralli
Jul 19, 2014 K. Pussa What the crippling crap is going on? Seriously? This is extremely cruel and inhumane! How would people in Malta like it if there was "open season" on them?!? Put an end to this NOW! The birds need to be protected NOT SLAUGHTERED!!! PROTECT THE INNOCENT!!!
Jul 19, 2014 Lisa Merchant
Jul 19, 2014 michele king
Jul 18, 2014 Elizabeth Hoffman
Jul 18, 2014 Alice Neuman
Jul 18, 2014 Kim York
Jul 18, 2014 Gary W. Dolgin What the hell is wrong with you barbarians? How about the bird murderes hunting one another? More of a fair "sport" and people may even "taste like chicken".
Jul 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2014 Bret Gallardo
Jul 18, 2014 Jessie Bowen
Jul 18, 2014 GERALDINE FOX
Jul 18, 2014 simon prowse
Jul 18, 2014 Franck Gauthier
Jul 18, 2014 Monet Hardesty
Jul 18, 2014 Marianne Lazarus
Jul 18, 2014 Joan Carter
Jul 18, 2014 Harvey Picker

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