Demand An End to Duck Shooting

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Originally Posted: 24 February 2009

Demand An End to Duck Shooting

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Stop the Victoria (Australia) Environment Miniser —who against scientific advice and the advice of its own Department of Sustainability and Environment—is permitting  a recreational duck shooting season this year. Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland have banned duck shooting, recognizing that it is a cruel and unnecessary blood sport.

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This decision is reprehensible. Duck shooting has been acknowledged as a cruel, unsustainable 'blood sport' and has been banned in Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. Despite this, the Victorian government has given shooters a green light to further decimate remaining waterbird populations in the state. Victoria is in its 13th year of drought and waterbird numbers in Eastern Australia have dropped by 82% over the past two decades.

Shooting birds with shotguns causes tremendous suffering. No marksmanship training or expertise is required to get a duck shooting licence. The spray of pellets from shotguns means that for every three birds killed, another is wounded, and left to die a slow and painful death.

Please join us and other Australians to express your outrage to the Victorian Environment Minister, Gavin Jennings, and call on him to ban duck shooting immediately.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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