The government’s Select Committee, which has been tasked with inquiring into and reporting on the ‘recreational’ shooting of native waterbirds in Victoria, has made a monumental recommendation for waterbirds: that the Victorian Government “ends the annual recreational native bird hunting season opening on all public and private land from 2024”. But we can’t rest easy yet, as it’s currently just that – a recommendation. It is now up to the Premier and state government to make the final and most important decision.
Victoria’s new Premier, Jacinta Allan, will ultimately have the final say on whether the recommendations of the committee – a full ban on recreational shooting of native birds – are accepted. If she does, this will mean that an end to duck shooting in Victoria will finally be legislated. This move would spare hundreds of thousands of sensitive birds from terrifying and painful deaths on wetlands across the state each year.
The sheer volume of submissions sent from committed individuals who care about native waterbirds, and the support that enabled Animals Australia to represent ducks during the inquiry hearings, has helped bring Victoria to this pivotal point. Now, the power of our collective voice is again needed to get the kindest decision over the line.