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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.

Our rescue teams will be back on the wetlands on Saturday 21 March 2015 Join us

 

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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.

 

Latest Poll

Latest Morgan Research Poll - Majority of Victorians want duck shooting banned

Open Letter to Premier John Brumby

The Age (page 5) Thursday 27 November 2008 - click on image or link to view article.

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Latest Morgan Research Poll - Majority of Victorians want duck shooting banned.

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