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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


Sep 1, 2014 Karen Petty The time has come to no longer allow Malta to be exempt of The Birds Directive and to be held responsible and accountable to the EC, not vice versa.
Sep 1, 2014 Linda Eley
Sep 1, 2014 Marilyn Beckett Please disallow the hunting of these birds. These birds are especially vulnerable at migration time and require protection throughout their routes. If not protected, they will eventually join the many extinct species that have been eradicated worldwide.
Sep 1, 2014 Darlene Falk
Sep 1, 2014 vivian carvalho
Sep 1, 2014 Janine Roome-Smith
Sep 1, 2014 Janna Jennings
Sep 1, 2014 Rosalinda Rayne
Sep 1, 2014 Stephen McDougall
Sep 1, 2014 DIANE GROTH
Sep 1, 2014 Joan Kirkup
Sep 1, 2014 Martha Myles
Sep 1, 2014 Kathleen Forchelli
Sep 1, 2014 Tom Finholt
Sep 1, 2014 sue zimmer
Sep 1, 2014 Joshua Blackfoot
Sep 1, 2014 brenda brandt
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Sep 1, 2014 Leigh Dias
Sep 1, 2014 Elizabeth Codd
Sep 1, 2014 Ailbhe Barry
Sep 1, 2014 Vedet LawLer
Sep 1, 2014 Jen Bodoh
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Aug 31, 2014 Richard Bosboom
Aug 31, 2014 Rebecca Evitts
Aug 31, 2014 Nicole Bruno
Aug 31, 2014 Suzanne McClain
Aug 31, 2014 Mafalda Cordeiro de Miranda
Aug 31, 2014 James Howarth
Aug 31, 2014 Rachel Cormier
Aug 31, 2014 jacquelyn kohl
Aug 31, 2014 Gabriella Riba
Aug 31, 2014 Robert Miller
Aug 31, 2014 Daniela Mair
Aug 31, 2014 kasie ribeiro
Aug 31, 2014 thelma barber
Aug 31, 2014 Luminita Westermann
Aug 31, 2014 Aditya Bhargava
Aug 30, 2014 JEANNE BLUM STOP THE KILLING. BARBARIC.
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Aug 30, 2014 Afsaneh Rahmani
Aug 30, 2014 Rhonda Petrarca
Aug 30, 2014 Gloria Wetzel
Aug 30, 2014 Shiela Smith
Aug 30, 2014 Janet Bushey
Aug 30, 2014 Ekaterina Popova
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