Malta has recently come out of a court case at the European Court of Justice and been found in breach of the Birds Directive for opening a spring hunting season in 2004,5,6,7. Despite this, the Maltese government is coming under a lot of pressure by the hunting lobby to open the season again this year, and shamelessly has announced it is considering opening the season.

Because of this, we are running an international petition to demand that Malta respects the EU birds Directive and does not open spring hunting this year. Please help BirdLife Malta’s campaign against illegal killing of protected bird species by signing the petition.

If you would like to actively get involved with the conservation of protected species you may be interested in hearing about our Illegal Hunting and Trapping Campaign, Spring Watch:

BirdLife Malta – Spring Watch
11th – 30th April 2010

Spring is almost upon us, and once again birds returning to breed in Europe passing over Malta will risk persecution from illegal hunters and trappers.

BirdLife Malta will this year be running the first ever 3 week long Spring Watch Camp. The camp will monitor bird migration, maintain a strong presence in the countryside to deter the illegal killing and trapping of wild birds, and report illegalities to the police.

The European Court of Justice this year ruled that Malta breached the Birds Directive by opening a spring hunting season from 2004 to 2007. However the Maltese government, succumbing to pressure from the hunting lobby, has declared that it is considering derogating on the Birds Directive to continue allowing spring hunting.
If the government opens a spring hunting season, this year’s Spring Watch camp will be vital in documenting and revealing the extent and impact of hunting in spring.

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