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April 2015: Malta held a vote to decide whether to maintain its spring migratory bird hunt. Despite early polls suggesting the practice would finally end, pro-hunters won the referendum by a less than 1% margin, with nearly 30% of voters abstaining. However, each year Malta must reapply for exemption from the EU Bird Directive to legally kill thousands of birds each spring. Tell the European Court of Justice it's time to intervene and deny Malta's application to extend this senseless slaughter.
Goal: 45,000 Progress: 33,133
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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


Sep 4, 2015 Roger Williams
Sep 3, 2015 Susan Crane
Sep 3, 2015 Susan Crane
Sep 3, 2015 Yashoda Jordan
Sep 2, 2015 Drg Kennedy
Sep 2, 2015 Joyce Armstrong
Sep 2, 2015 Laurie Fisher
Sep 2, 2015 Dale Sloat
Sep 2, 2015 Jessica Black
Sep 2, 2015 Shea L. Hales
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Sep 2, 2015 Erika Agnew
Sep 2, 2015 Vera Camarinha
Sep 2, 2015 Mary Harris
Sep 2, 2015 sylvie béclard
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Aug 31, 2015 Christel Platt
Aug 30, 2015 Roxanne Asel
Aug 30, 2015 frances lightfine
Aug 29, 2015 Jenn Robb
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Aug 29, 2015 Germana Pimentel
Aug 29, 2015 Susan (Suni) Roberts-Ibarra
Aug 29, 2015 Sharon J
Aug 29, 2015 Sylvia Allen
Aug 29, 2015 Diane Kadomoto
Aug 29, 2015 Rosemary Spann
Aug 29, 2015 brigitte vanbekbergen
Aug 29, 2015 Darlene Furrow
Aug 28, 2015 TINA ZOUPPAS
Aug 28, 2015 Lea Faulks
Aug 28, 2015 Terri Dymeck
Aug 28, 2015 John Petteford
Aug 28, 2015 Shawna Bardrum
Aug 28, 2015 Edurne Gonzalez
Aug 27, 2015 Jillyanne Downs
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Aug 27, 2015 Susan Tate
Aug 27, 2015 Judy Kirkman
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Aug 27, 2015 kimberly bridges
Aug 27, 2015 lisa johnson
Aug 27, 2015 Lucy Kelly
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Aug 27, 2015 Kay Long
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Aug 27, 2015 maurizio slanzi
Aug 27, 2015 Alma R. Lopez
Aug 27, 2015 Estie Kretschmer "The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction." ~ Rachel Carson
Aug 26, 2015 Nancy Horner

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