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Help end duck shooting in Victoria

URGENT: The Victorian Government continues to approve shooting, despite the evidence of illegal shooter activity, and the science showing waterbird numbers are in decline. Native ducks need you to speak up for them.

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Help end duck shooting in Victoria

URGENT: The Victorian Government continues to approve shooting, despite the evidence of illegal shooter activity, and the science showing waterbird numbers are in decline. Native ducks need you to speak up for them.

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Last updated 22 December 2021

During ‘shooting season’, Victoria’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.

The opening days of 2022’s ‘duck shooting season’ in Victoria has been shocking for waterbirds. For as long as the Victorian Government permits the shooting to go on, it is allowing this treatment of Australian wildlife to continue.

As their survival hangs in the balance the Victorian Government has announced a full 90-day shooting season

Many wetlands are still recovering from catastrophic drought, despite more recent heavy rainfall. According to the Aerial Survey of Waterbirds in Eastern Australia, waterbird populations have not bounced back, and are down year on year. Devastatingly, ‘game’ bird numbers are the 3rd lowest in 39 years. Their breeding potential and habitat availability are also in decline.  

The last thing they need now is to be shot in the name of recreation. But the Victorian Government has shockingly given the go-ahead for a full-length season commencing 16 March 2022.

An open season of 90 days will maim and kill up to 300,000 individual, otherwise-healthy waterbirds.  

Waterbirds will suffer

Native ducks and sometimes even endangered and ‘protected’ birds are gunned down by shooters, their fragile bodies shattered by pellets.  

The ‘lucky’ ones are killed instantly. The unlucky ones — an estimated one out of every four birds shot — will suffer for days or even weeks before finally succumbing to their injuries. 

Perhaps most awful of all? This cruelty is inflicted upon defenceless animals in the name of a ‘sport’ that the majority of caring Australians oppose.  

To make an awful situation worse, according to the government’s own survey, shockingly few Victorian shooters understand the ‘rules’ when it comes to killing waterbirds. In light of the survey findings, the Victorian Government is knowingly letting shooters onto the wetlands who don’t have the necessary animal welfare knowledge, don’t know which ducks they can legally shoot and which species are ‘protected’, and on top of this, don’t understand close-range shooting safety risks. 

Despite all the evidence, the Victorian Government is appeasing the minority (shooters), ignoring the majority of Victorians, and threatening the long-term survival of our native wildlife.

A ban on duck shooting is critical

Animals Australia made a formal submission to the Gaming Management Authority to object to a 2022 shooting season – and we have now written to the Victorian Agriculture and Environmental Ministers asking them to urgently reconsider the decision to green-light this senseless slaughter. 

The findings of the major independent survey are clear – there are continuing long-term declines in waterbird numbers, their breeding potential, and their habitat availabilityThis situation will only be worsened if the government permits the shooting of ducks in the name of ‘sport’.

Victoria is years behind the progress of other states. Duck shooting was banned in WA, NSW and QLD in the 90s and early 2000s on animal cruelty and environmental protection grounds. A ban in Victoria is long overdue.

Wildlife desperately need your voice

Your voice is critical right now. To properly protect Australia’s waterbirds, the Victorian Government must acknowledge the scientifically validated survey findings, as well as the irrefutable evidence of duck shooting cruelty and lack of shooter knowledge, and stop the shooting. 

Please help protect our precious native waterbirds, by urging the Victorian Government to stop the 2022 season and end duck shooting crueltyfor good.