Nine foxes killed by farmers are hanged on the fence of a farm

Understanding the background of shooting and hunting.

Across Australia, many animals are routinely shot and killed. Some in the name of ‘recreation’, others whose habitat has been destroyed for grazing pasture, and those who have, through no choice of their own, been introduced by humans to a country they weren’t native to.

Some native animals are stripped of their protections to allow for recreational and commercial killing, while the killing of non-natives is deemed ‘open slather’ for hunters. But whether these animals are native wildlife or other species, they all have the capacity to suffer, and many do as a result of often poorly regulated industries and a lack of laws to protect them from shooting cruelty.

A mother duck standing and her duckling sitting on the ground
A shadow image of a duck shooter holding and his gun straight
A shadow image of a duck shooter holding and his gun straight

Duck shooting

For up to twelve weeks a year, some of Australia’s most picturesque wetlands — peaceful havens and homes for our unique wildlife — are transformed into killing fields in the name of ‘recreation’. Already banned in three states across the country on the grounds of unacceptable cruelty, duck shooting remains legal in Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

But the future of duck shooting is bleak, with compassionate communities overwhelmingly calling for it to end and decision-makers feeling the pressure. Find out more and add your voice for waterbirds here.

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A duck is violently swung around by their neck, in the hands of a shooter wearing camouflage in a lake.
Image credit: Doug Gimesy
Two kangaroo standing together in the field and looking towards camera
A closeup of a kangaroo, looking curiously towards camera.

Kangaroo shooting

Kangaroos are one of Australia’s most iconic and treasured species – yet every night across the country, these gentle animals are gunned down, victims of a cruel wildlife slaughter.

The shooting of kangaroos in Australia is so widespread, it’s known as the world’s largest land-based massacre of native wildlife. Sadly, even young joeys are victims of the killing. Those small enough to be in their mother’s pouch or at her side are also killed in the most brutal ways, or left orphaned, at risk of dying from starvation or predation.

Current laws in Australia allow this cruelty to continue, and Kangaroos need protection now more than ever. Learn more, and help them here.

Take action now

Many people are shocked to learn that kangaroos aren’t the only native animals who can be shot and killed – either for commercial reasons or because they are deemed to be a ‘pest’ by land managers who share their habitat.

Every year, private landowners legally kill hundreds of thousands of native animals including wombats, sulphur-crested cockatoos, lorikeets, galahs, flying foxes, kangaroos, wallaroos and brushtail possums. Even kookaburras — Australia’s ‘king of the jungle’ — can be killed under permit schemes handed out by state governments across Australia.

You can take action here to speak out against the government-approved killing of these iconic species.

A portrait of a pig with wiry grey and brown hair, standing in bushland.

Pig Dogging

In the vast tracts of Australian bushland, there is a little known ‘sport’ that will shock you… ‘Pig dogging’ is arguably the cruellest and most brutal form of hunting still permitted in Australia today.

With media exposure and lobbying from concerned members of the public, the NSW and QLD Governments are under ever-increasing pressure to ban pig dogging and the practice is now largely opposed.

Take action and help end this cruelty.

A shearwater bird sitting in the water that is also known as mutton bird
six dead birds on the beach
six dead birds on the beach


Adult short-tailed shearwaters, or ‘muttonbirds’, fly halfway around the world to hatch and raise a single chick each year in colonies across southern Australia, returning to the same sandy burrow every spring. It’s an arduous, exhausting journey — but, sadly, even if they survive the trip, their home isn’t a safe haven.

Once the adults leave again in April for their feeding grounds in Alaska and Russia, their vulnerable chicks — still covered in fluffy down — become targets for government-sanctioned ‘recreational’ killing on coastal islands of Tasmania. These defenceless babies are pulled from their nests, their necks twisted and broken. They will never follow their parents north.

Tasmania is the only state in Australia that still allows the hunting and killing of the short-tailed shearwater – an annual hunt increasingly opposed by local communities and conservationists. Find out more about this unique species and how you can help.