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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 24, 2014 (Name not displayed) e' crudele,cattivo uccidere animali e poi sono di tutti e x me e' un gesto da infami
Jul 24, 2014 Claudia Hall “IF YOU HAVE MEN WHO WILL EXCLUDE ANY OF GOD’S CREATURES FROM THE SHELTER OF COMPASSION & PITY, YOU WILL HAVE MEN WHO WILL DEAL LIKEWISE WITH THEIR FELLOW MEN.” ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Jul 24, 2014 R. Fitzgerald
Jul 23, 2014 Hana Kučerová
Jul 23, 2014 NANCY BILLINGS
Jul 23, 2014 Deborah Efron
Jul 23, 2014 Rachel Berg Humans---why do you THINK it's OK to just shoot birds for "fun". It's wrong and sick and disgusting and an offense against Nature. STOP it.
Jul 23, 2014 Barbara Sunblade
Jul 23, 2014 Donna Oades
Jul 23, 2014 Nicola Grobe
Jul 23, 2014 Laura Horning
Jul 23, 2014 Rochelle Thomas
Jul 23, 2014 Patsy Ross
Jul 23, 2014 Christine Kelsey
Jul 23, 2014 Nicky Moore Please protect this bird and stop the hunting of it. The planet needs these animals to sustain the ecosystem,
Jul 23, 2014 Saskia Schoukens
Jul 23, 2014 marina polli
Jul 23, 2014 Susan Paulson
Jul 23, 2014 Martin Bernard
Jul 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2014 william bradford
Jul 23, 2014 Dawn West
Jul 23, 2014 Linda Vazquez
Jul 23, 2014 Sonja Elídóttir
Jul 23, 2014 viviane vanbuggenhout
Jul 23, 2014 Martha Muller That hunting is just not right. These birds belong to many nations and peoples, they should not be killed by Maltese hunters.
Jul 23, 2014 Teresa Evans
Jul 23, 2014 Ma Virginia Rivera
Jul 23, 2014 robin Hernandez WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE??????????
Jul 23, 2014 Sandra Kelch
Jul 23, 2014 gerardo arteaga
Jul 23, 2014 Pam Rouse
Jul 23, 2014 Valerie Orner
Jul 23, 2014 Janet Lynch There is no recreation in hunting endangered migratory birds. Malta must come into compliance with EU regulations and do its bit to protect these vulnerable populations.
Jul 23, 2014 Heidi Summers
Jul 23, 2014 Rianna Murphy
Jul 23, 2014 Sibrina Russell
Jul 23, 2014 Антония Танева
Jul 23, 2014 Yvette Meraz
Jul 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2014 Paula Maris
Jul 23, 2014 Larry spizzirri
Jul 22, 2014 Esther García de Diego
Jul 22, 2014 Kina Canjar
Jul 22, 2014 Britany Bekina
Jul 22, 2014 Luisa Castagnaro
Jul 22, 2014 greg tasha
Jul 22, 2014 Carol Ohlendorf
Jul 22, 2014 Stephanie McManis
Jul 22, 2014 Simona Bergman

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