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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


Feb 22, 2018 Evelyn Chapple
Feb 22, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 22, 2018 Gayle Bannis
Feb 22, 2018 Laurie Kehl
Feb 22, 2018 jana pretorius
Feb 21, 2018 Marilyn Williams
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) This is insanity. No population of bird can withstand this assault and massacre.
Feb 20, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 ELIZABETH HALBERG
Feb 19, 2018 Traci Moreno
Feb 19, 2018 Jenny Fortsch
Feb 19, 2018 Eric Maxwell
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 Audrey Glenski
Feb 18, 2018 Yael Saydon
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Toby Cardoso
Feb 16, 2018 MILLICENT VOLENTINE
Feb 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2018 Toni Kellner
Feb 15, 2018 Michael Collins
Feb 15, 2018 Jane Edwards
Feb 15, 2018 johann meza
Feb 14, 2018 Rebecca Burnett
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2018 Steve Conrad
Feb 11, 2018 foteini horbou
Feb 11, 2018 Adeline Wong
Feb 10, 2018 Nalini Persad
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 7, 2018 aurelia delaude
Feb 7, 2018 Massimiliano Zulpo
Feb 5, 2018 Kari King
Feb 1, 2018 mary checketts time to get into the real world you need to get behind the rest of EU
Feb 1, 2018 Rob Carter
Jan 30, 2018 June Macy
Jan 22, 2018 Gail Miller
Jan 17, 2018 cara frame
Jan 16, 2018 aya oda
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 norma graciela varrone cancio
Jan 13, 2018 Sheri Nolen
Jan 13, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jan 13, 2018 Anna Borys-Malek
Jan 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 7, 2018 Kenneth Lapointe
Jan 6, 2018 Davina Lee

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