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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: 31,235
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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


Mar 1, 2015 Karen Tangorra
Mar 1, 2015 Margaret Conti Another inexcusable outrage!
Mar 1, 2015 Suzanne Twohig
Mar 1, 2015 Jacqueline Tay
Mar 1, 2015 marie-claude lefevre
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2015 Neil Adams
Feb 28, 2015 Zsanine Alexander
Feb 28, 2015 Michael Ramirez
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2015 peter smith
Feb 28, 2015 Carol Marsh
Feb 28, 2015 Judith Overton
Feb 28, 2015 josephine skitt
Feb 28, 2015 Anastasia Lamers
Feb 28, 2015 Anja Schlak STOPP this!!!
Feb 28, 2015 Tracey Langston
Feb 28, 2015 Christopher Evans
Feb 28, 2015 Renee Byam
Feb 28, 2015 Pascal Quéniart
Feb 27, 2015 Karyn Pappel Stop this! Won't be visiting this crummy country. EVER.
Feb 27, 2015 Daniela Wever
Feb 27, 2015 Linda Fox
Feb 27, 2015 wendy kolodynska
Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2015 Christine Williams
Feb 27, 2015 josephine wilson
Feb 27, 2015 Hana Koehler
Feb 27, 2015 Sandra Iglesias
Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2015 Barbara Medina
Feb 27, 2015 rc dutra
Feb 27, 2015 Anne Siesener-Torres
Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2015 Giselle .
Feb 27, 2015 Linda Boyd
Feb 27, 2015 LUCUTA CONSTANTIN
Feb 26, 2015 Catherine Tallman
Feb 26, 2015 shara kent
Feb 26, 2015 lena fribing
Feb 26, 2015 v v
Feb 26, 2015 Janice Loftus
Feb 26, 2015 Rachael Pappano
Feb 26, 2015 Julia Stahl
Feb 26, 2015 robert wiehemeijer
Feb 26, 2015 chenie kaur
Feb 25, 2015 Maurrrn mccoy
Feb 25, 2015 Teresa Olsen
Feb 25, 2015 Teresa Gallagher
Feb 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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