No birds safe from 2013 duck shooting season

Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated 21 June 2013

Volunteer rescuers have counted hundreds of protected species among the victims of this year’s Victorian duck shooting season.

Spotting a Freckled Duck gliding across the usually peaceful waters of Victoria’s wetlands is a rare joy. The beautiful and seldom-seen native waterbird is supposed to be protected by law — but that didn’t help those illegally killed in Victoria during this year’s shooting season.

Opening weekend heralded a “massacre" of these peaceful animals. The season has recently ended and their final body count has tragically climbed into the hundreds.

Freckled Ducks were not the only helpless victims of this cruel ‘sport’. Volunteer rescuers from the Coalition Against Duck Shooting collected hundreds of dead and wounded protected species from local wetlands.

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Rescuers retrieved over 700 dead and wounded birds (both ‘game’ and protected) from Victorian wetlands this season. They recently laid some of the unlucky birds in front of Victoria’s Parliament House, to show politicians the true cost of killing as ‘sport’.

According to Field and Game Australia, 500,000 ducks are shot during the three month shooting season. But it is estimated that one in four birds shot is wounded but never collected by a shooter, which means that close to 125,000 injured birds would have been left behind. Rescuers could only reach a tiny fraction; the rest were left to suffer and in many cases die.

It’s time for governments to recognise that shooting animals is not acceptable ‘recreation’, especially when protected species are cruelly slaughtered. You can take action below to spare other birds the same needless suffering — and help make this year’s duck shooting season the last.

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Demand an end to the cruelty of duck shooting.


The feature image of a Freckled Duck is licensed under GFDL.