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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


Jul 21, 2018 chris mills
Jul 20, 2018 Kirsten Deveraux
Jul 20, 2018 Alana Kaplan
Jul 20, 2018 Kirsten Van Heurck
Jul 20, 2018 Sarah Von Beanz
Jul 20, 2018 Karen Scarlet
Jul 20, 2018 Kristel Van Heurck
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Jul 19, 2018 Patricia Kolchins
Jul 19, 2018 karen reedy
Jul 19, 2018 Margaret Earl Stop Doing This!!!
Jul 19, 2018 Summer Patterson
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName273222147842233 jmetetlastName752411118729520 jmeterComment4407
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Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName55359268632561 jmetetlastName106782341034051 jmeterComment7052
Jul 18, 2018 Jane Brownlow
Jul 18, 2018 Marti Worth
Jul 18, 2018 Laurent Belotti
Jul 18, 2018 Patricia Lewis
Jul 17, 2018 Sahsha States
Jul 17, 2018 Christopher Porter
Jul 17, 2018 Connie Hope-Bly
Jul 17, 2018 erin craig
Jul 17, 2018 Mary Lou Salatino
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Jul 17, 2018 Priscilla Tine'
Jul 17, 2018 Margaret McAlister
Jul 17, 2018 Phillippa Hilsden
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Jul 17, 2018 Ann Ohme
Jul 17, 2018 Kevin Fairbanks
Jul 17, 2018 Margaret Hurley
Jul 16, 2018 philippe TURPIN
Jul 16, 2018 Katherine Tuttle
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 11, 2018 bruce hall
Jul 11, 2018 Maria Angeles Leorza Arechavaleta
Jul 9, 2018 Arlette SIMON
Jul 5, 2018 Etelvina D. Serrano Martínez
Jul 5, 2018 N DeBono
Jul 1, 2018 PERLLIE SULIT
Jun 30, 2018 Marc Ochs Menschen....geht sterben....
Jun 30, 2018 Kimberly Worman
Jun 30, 2018 Sharmila Perera
Jun 30, 2018 Madalina Viziteu
Jun 29, 2018 David Parker
Jun 29, 2018 Carol Christman
Jun 29, 2018 mina rosen
Jun 29, 2018 ANGELIQUE MCCLEAN
Jun 27, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy

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