Save native ducks from ‘recreational’ slaughter.

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Please personalise the letter below and help end duck shooting in South Australia

Each 'duck shooting season', tens of thousands of sensitive, social ducks will be killed or left injured to die slow, painful deaths. Let decision-makers know that most South Australians want to see native waterbirds truly protected on the state’s wetlands. Please note that a letter in your own words will be more powerful for ducks in need.

Shooters walk across the sand, several killed ducks in one hand and two dogs by their sides.

Please personalise the letter below and help end duck shooting in South Australia

Each 'duck shooting season', tens of thousands of sensitive, social ducks will be killed or left injured to die slow, painful deaths. Let decision-makers know that most South Australians want to see native waterbirds truly protected on the state’s wetlands. Please note that a letter in your own words will be more powerful for ducks in need.

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Thank you for wanting to protect animals from cruelty! This action is for residents of South Australia.

  • If you are in Victoria, you can take action for ducks in VIC here.
  • If you live elsewhere (or are a Victorian who has already taken the above VIC action) and you’d like to speak up for ducks in SA, you can email the South Australian Premier instead here at this address Premier@sa.gov.au
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Dear Premier, Deputy Premier, and Member of Parliament,
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Last updated January 9, 2024

During ‘shooting season’, South Australia’s picturesque wetlands — usually peaceful havens for our unique wildlife — are transformed into government-sanctioned killing fields. The result is decimated wetlands, and animals left to suffer with shattered bills and broken wings.

Sadly, the ‘lucky’ ones are those who are killed instantly. An estimated one out of every four birds shot will instead suffer for hours, days or even weeks before finally succumbing to their injuries; shattered bills, fractured limbs, and punctured organs.  

The RSPCA SA estimated that during the 100-day 2023 season, up to 40,000 birds would be killed and up to 10,000 injured. Given it isn’t feasible to monitor every shooter across every wetland, the true number of individual birds who suffer will never be known. 

Beyond this awful treatment of so-called ‘protected’ species, shooting can also endanger or kill other animals who were never intended as targets; birds incorrectly identified by shooters, young birds abandoned by parent birds who flee in fear or shorebirds who are prone to the stress of gunfire. 

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A bird killed by shooters, left dead on the sand.
Not just ducks – during shooting season, those who call wetlands home are all at risk of being illegally shot and killed like this juvenile silver gull. Other animals are subjected to the sound of gunfire for months in their usually peaceful habitats.

The Premier will soon decide on the fate of South Australia’s waterbirds

 In early 2023, the South Australian Government established a Select Committee to inquire into the recreational shooting of native birds. Neglecting to address the undeniable suffering of native waterbirds and the serious long-term decline of native ‘game’ bird populations, the committee has disappointingly recommended that duck and quail shooting continue.

The decision now lies with the SA Premier. There is still a chance that the Premier could make a decision that is aligned with what most caring South Australians want – to see native waterbirds and their habitats properly protected.

If a decision is made to continue recreational bird shooting, thousands of waterbirds will continue to suffer, and their species will continue to be threatened each shooting season – all to cater to the interests of less than 1% of the state’s population.

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The rules in place do not spare wildlife from suffering

Regulating bodies claim that rules are in place, but the rural location of wetlands and the number of licenced shooters make effective monitoring impossible. More regulation and resourcing cannot address this. No regulating body can ensure the rules are being followed by over a thousand shooters spread across not only public game reserves, but on private property too. As a result, individual animals suffer greatly, as do species as a whole.

Shooters in both SA (and Victoria) must pass a Waterfowl Identification Test only once.  A recent survey of shooters in Victoria (conducted by the state’s hunting regulator itself) revealed shockingly few shooters knew which ducks they could legally shoot and which species were ‘protected’. Given the single identification test applies to both states, concern for the safety and future of ‘non-game’ species, including threatened species, is warranted.

Almost beyond comprehension the rules also permit shooting ducks 30 minutes prior to sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset. The future of duck species relies on shooters taking initiative to refresh their duck identification knowledge, and their ability to identify species at dawn and dusk when there’s barely any sunlight.

The regulations stipulate that shooters must adhere to the Code of Practice for the Humane Destruction of Birds by Shooting in South Australia – but there is no requirement to undertake any training or prove any competency in killing injured birds ‘humanely’ in order to obtain a shooting licence. In the aforementioned shooter survey in Victoria, 84% didn’t know how to kill ducks they had shot and injured. With no competency test in place, the fragile bodies of sensitive ducks are in the hands of potentially inexperienced shooters who are out to kill them ‘for sport’.

Video evidence of cruelty in Victoria was captured by volunteers on just one of the thousands of wetlands, raising questions as to how much illegal behaviour is going unchecked on wetlands across ‘duck shooting’ states – and how much wildlife suffering is going unseen.

Regardless of which state the shooting occurs in, the suffering looks the same for ducks on Australian wetlands.

A ban would be in line with community expectations

Duck shooting was banned in WA, NSW and QLD in the 90s and early 2000s on animal cruelty and environmental protection grounds. South Australia is years behind.

According to the RSPCA SA, more than 7 out of 10 South Australians want to see an end to duck and quail shooting (South Australian ReachTEL poll, March 2020).

In contrast, duck shooters represent less than one per cent of the community in SA. 1,210 hunting permits were issued in the state in 2021 – but this tiny fraction of the population has a devastating impact on the tens of thousands of sensitive animals who pay the price.

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Ducks and other wildlife desperately need your voice

The South Australian Premier is yet to make decisions on the 2024 ‘shooting season’, and on the future of duck shooting in the state. Please urge Premier Malinauskas to make the kindest decision for animals and the environment and stop duck shooting for good.

To be a powerful voice for ducks, write a polite but urgent letter below to let political leaders know that:

  • We are extremely disappointed with the committee’s recommendations, and we do not want shooting to continue on our beautiful regional wetlands. 
  • We don’t want wildlife and residents waking up to gunfire around their homes for months on end each year. 
  • We don’t want one in four birds shot and left abandoned on the wetlands to suffer for days. 
  • Most of all, we want to see this cruelty end once and for all so that native ducks can live in peace, and be truly protected in the wild.

Speak up for South Australia’s precious waterbirds

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Thank you for wanting to protect animals from cruelty! This action is for residents of South Australia.

  • If you are in Victoria, you can take action for ducks in VIC here.
  • If you live elsewhere (or are a Victorian who has already taken the above VIC action) and you’d like to speak up for ducks in SA, you can email the South Australian Premier instead here at this address Premier@sa.gov.au
The Prime Minister’s email address is no longer monitored, but you can still contact Prime Minister Anthony Albanese here. Thank you for wanting to protect animals from cruelty!

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Your representative is:

The Premier, Deputy Premier and Minister for Climate, Environment and Water, and State MP
Dear Premier, Deputy Premier, and Member of Parliament,
Regards
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