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COALITION AGAINST DUCK SHOOTING

MEDIA RELEASE                                          Tuesday 24 March 2015

Over 100 dead native birds, including threatened and protected species, to be displayed outside the Premier’s office at 10am today

Shooters & Fishers Party Upper House member spins a line to cover up Illegal slaughter of threatened & protected species

The Coalition Against Duck Shooting will display over 100 native waterbirds outside Labor Premier Daniel Andrews’ office, 1 Treasury Place, East Melbourne, today at 10am.

These birds were recovered from just three Victorian wetlands (Lake Murphy, Lake Elizabeth and Bullrush Swamp) during the opening of the 2015 recreational duck shooting season last weekend.

The new Shooters & Fishers Party MP, Daniel Young, who was shooting on Lake Murphy in the state’s northwest on Saturday, stated to the media that: “We all do the right thing ... we know what we’re doing and we only shoot what we’re allowed to.

Campaign Director Laurie Levy today said: “Daniel Young is either spinning a line to the media or incredibly ignorant of the realities of duck shooting.  During the weekend, rescuers recovered over 100 dead or wounded waterbirds, including illegally shot threatened species such as Freckled Ducks, Blue-billed Ducks and Musk Ducks, as well as protected Hoary-headed Grebes, Eurasian Coots and a Swan.

“These illegally shot birds represent just the tip of the iceberg, as rescuers had their hands full searching only three wetlands.

“Millions of taxpayers’ dollars are spent for the benefit of duck shooters, but the job of caring for the innocent wounded victims and recovering illegally shot, threatened and protected species is undertaken solely by volunteer wildlife rescuers, who then face fines of $886 for their efforts.

“The public has a right to question why a modern-day Victorian Labor Government continues to allow this violent and cruel recreational activity, especially as duck shooters make up only 0.4 per cent of Victoria’s population.  
“Instead of being a prisoner to the Victorian gun lobby, it’s time Daniel Andrews started governing for the vast majority of Victorians who abhor animal cruelty,” Levy concluded.

For further information contact:  Laurie Levy, Mobile: 0418 392 826


COALITION AGAINST DUCK SHOOTING

MEDIA RELEASE                                             Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Rescuers to target northwest Victoria for the opening weekend of the 2015 duck shooting season

Labor’s female Ministers fail to veto male gun violence and cruelty to native waterbirds

Rescuers and media news crews hit with new fines of $886 for entering water before 10am

Coalition Against Duck Shooting rescuers will target the Kerang wetlands in northwest Victoria for the opening of the recreational duck shooting season this weekend.  Rescuers and media news crews will face new fines of $886, just for entering the water before 10am.

Campaign Director Laurie Levy today said: “With parts of Victoria in drought, wetlands drying out or completely dry and with low waterbird numbers across the state, the decision to allow a duck shooting season this year is highly irresponsible.

“A number of wetlands have been artificially filled to attract birds for the shooters.  This is nothing more than a form of canned hunting.  Waterbirds will have no chance of escaping shooters on those Victorian wetlands still holding water,” Levy said.

“The Andrews Government’s decision to support and encourage recreational duck shooting, including by children as young as 12, contradicts Labor’s commitment to tackle family violence.

“It’s difficult to understand how Daniel Andrews, who portrays himself as a progressive Labor Premier, can continue to support an outdated blood sport that involves male gun violence and cruelty to native waterbirds.

“Labor responded immediately to the cruelty involved in the greyhound racing industry yet fails to react to the appalling cruelty that duck shooters will inflict on tens of thousands of native waterbirds.

“We had hoped Labor’s female Ministers would help convince their male colleagues that compassionate policies will always win the hearts, minds and votes of Victorians.  With nine women Ministers in Cabinet, it is disappointing that they failed to veto the horrific, unnecessary brutality inflicted on defenceless native waterbirds by recreational shooters. It is unacceptable that children and teenagers are being encouraged to fire powerful shotguns at innocent creatures just for fun,” Levy continued.

Levy said that the new, independent Game Management Authority (GMA), established by the previous Napthine Government using $8.2 million of taxpayer funds, has a serious pro-hunter bias.  Yet the new Labor Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, blindly agreed to the GMA’s recommendations while ignoring the expert ornithological advice of Birdlife Australia and the RSPCA that recreational duck shooting is inherently cruel and no longer sustainable.

“It is appalling that there is still no Victorian Government Department responsible for looking after the interests of Australia’s native waterbirds.  That job is left to volunteer members of the public who face huge fines for helping the wounded victims.” Levy concluded.

For further information, contact:  Laurie Levy, Campaign Director,  Mobile 0418 392 826


COALITION AGAINST DUCK SHOOTING

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Major decline in waterbird numbers across eastern Australia

Premier Dan Andrews continues the cycle of male gun violence and cruelty to native waterbirds – including ‘canned hunting’

The Coalition Against Duck Shooting has condemned the new Labor Government’s decision to hold a 2015 duck shooting season.  Premier Andrews has ignored the latest science that shows a major decline in waterbird numbers and very few wetlands holding water.  

Campaign Director Laurie Levy today asked: “Why is Victoria holding a recreational duck shooting season when Professor Richard Kingsford’s latest aerial survey shows waterbird numbers have declined by some 60 per cent?  Wetlands across eastern Australia are either rapidly drying out or already dry and native waterbirds are in serious trouble.  Professor Kingsford said the numbers of so-called game species in many areas are far below long-term averages.

“Birds seeking refuge from the drought in northern states will become sitting ducks on wetlands that have been artificially filled just prior to the Victorian duck shooting season.  The government is introducing a form of canned hunting, just to please Victoria’s dwindling number of duck shooters, who make up only 0.4 per cent of the population,” Levy said.

“The Coalition Against Duck Shooting condemns Premier Dan Andrews and his cabinet, including the nine female MPs, for continuing the former Napthine Government’s unnecessary cycle of male gun violence and cruelty to native waterbirds,” Levy said.  

“With so much gun violence taking place around the world today, it is disappointing that in Victoria children from the age of 12 are encouraged onto the wetlands with lethal shotguns and desensitised to violence and cruelty.  Instead we would have expected modern-day Labor politicians would want to teach our children about compassion and kindness.

“Unfortunately the Andrews Labor Government is part of the cycle of male gun violence in this state.  

“The job of looking after Australia’s native waterbirds in Victoria again falls to the Coalition Against Duck Shooting.  We will return to the wetlands in 2015 with our rescue teams and mobile veterinary clinics to help Australia’s native waterbirds,” Levy concluded.

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Laurie Levy,
Campaign Director,
Mobile: 0418 392 826

 
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GUN VIOLENCE ON OUR WETLANDS

Date: January 20, 2015

The Victorian Labor Party has announced a recreational duck shooting season despite low numbers of native waterbirds across eastern Australia. Recreational duck shooters, who make up only 0.4% of Victoria's population, will be allowed to inflict violence and cruelty to some 400,000 native waterbirds - does this make Premier Dan Andrews and his Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford two of the state's worst animal abusers?

Laurie Levy, Campaign director

An illegally shot and wounded Freckled Duck in the caring hands of a veterinarian (2013)

Photo: An illegally shot and wounded Freckled Duck in the caring hands of a veterinarian (2013).

X-ray showing single pellet lodged near the wing bone. The bird was operated on and was doing well, but sadly, developed an infection and died.

Photo: X-ray showing single pellet lodged near the wing bone. The bird was operated on and was doing well, but sadly, developed an infection and died.

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YouTube election message to Labor's Opposition leader Dan Andrews and all Labor politicians

To Dan Andrews, Danielle Green, John McLindon, Jacinta Allan, Jennifer Kanis, Jane Garrett, Lisa Neville, Bill Shorten, David Feeney, Noah Carroll, and all Labor politicians.

Dear Mr Andrews,

Lay Down Your Guns is singer/songwriter Daniel Gregory's moving protest song which showcases the actions of duck rescuers and the unacceptable brutality recreational duck shooters inflict on native waterbirds in Victoria.

YouTube Video: http://youtu.be/5GP-2R_lK5o

To end this cruelty the Victorian Labor Party must change to a policy opposing male gun violence and cruelty to native waterbirds.

It shouldn’t be too difficult as a dwindling number of duck shooters make up only 0.4 per cent of Victoria's population.

The video is our election message to Labor’s male & female politicians who continue to support male gun violence and cruelty to native waterbirds.

(If you believe any comments made about the Labor Party are inaccurate, we would be happy to remove the video from YouTube.)

Sincerely

Laurie

Laurie Levy
Campaign Director
Coalition Against Duck shooting
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2007 & 2008

Moratoriums called in Victoria and South Australia. The rescue team travelled to Moulting Lagoon, the entrance to Freycinet National Park, on the east coast of Tasmania to confront the shooters and protect waterbirds after the Tasmanian government refused to call a moratorium.

2008

Three states in Australia have now banned the recreational shooting of native waterbirds – Western Australia (1990), New South Wales (1995) and now Queensland (10 August 2005)

2005

Queensland’s Premier Beattie becomes the third state Labor government to ban the recreational shooting of native waterbirds.

The Age editorial (19 March) again calls for the recreational shooting of native waterbirds to be banned in Victoria.

The numbers of duck shooters in Victoria drops from 95000 in 1986 to 19,400 today, although only small number were active on the state's wetlands in 2005.

View our Opening Weekend 2005 article

2003

The Sunday Age editorial (12 January) calls on the Victorian Bracks Government to ban the recreational shooting of native waterbirds in Victoria.

The Victorian government calls a moratorium. Rescue team travels to Tasmania for the opening weekend of their duck shooting season.

2002

The Bracks Government's own Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC) recommends that the recreational shooting of native waterbirds be banned in Victoria because of the inherent cruelty.

2001

Lead shot banned in Victoria.

1995

Premier Bob Carr bans the recreational shooting of native waterbirds in NSW, the second state Labor government to ban the activity.

1993

The Age newspaper editorial (24 March) calls for duck shooting to be outlawed. The first sentence says: 'Duck shooting is not a sport, it is an obscenity'.

1990

The recreational shooting of native waterbirds is banned in Western Australia by the then Labor Government.

 

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