Last season’s illegal behaviour and inevitable suffering
Shockingly, during Victoria’s COVID lockdowns of 2021, duck shooting was included as a reason to leave home under the auspices of ‘exercise’. Hopes of a short reprieve for our wildlife were quelled as native animals could still be killed for fun during the pandemic.
Prior to the last season being announced, the Victorian Government itself published research on the stark lack of knowledge duck shooters have of the ‘rules’ they are meant to follow. And throughout the season, this was repeatedly demonstrated, as it is every year. Ducks were shot and left for dead, or even worse, used to ‘train’ dogs as they slowly died.
We saw wounded ducks quite literally blown off the water at close range, and shooters firing from moving boats, showing the usual reckless disregard for safety and the law.
All this on top of the cruelty inherent in duck shooting: one in four birds shot is not killed instantly, instead suffering and dying in pain — either drowning or dying later from starvation or predation.