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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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Editorial

Premier Ted Baillieu has said that his government "will not tolerate animal cruelty” and that  “a person who commits an act of animal cruelty can face penalties of approximately $14,500 or one year imprisonment”. The premier then announces a 2013 recreational duck shooting season. Hypocritical?

To make the situation even more farcical this year, the Baillieu Government, through its Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh, is actively trying to recruit and blood children from only 12 years of age, to take up duck shooting, in an attempt to try to rebuild the dwindling numbers of Victorian duck shooters, who presently represent only 0.4 per cent of Victoria’s population.

The Coalition Against Duck Shooting has called for the RSPCA to place undercover inspectors out on the wetlands to start prosecuting blatant acts of cruelty by duck shooters.  We believe that if the RSPCA is successful in court, then this will be the most effective way to bring recreational duck shooting to an end once and for all.

Rescue teams will back on Victoria’s wetlands during the 2013 duck shooting season to help our native waterbirds – the innocent victims of Victoria’s politicians.

Laurie Levy, Campaign Director

 

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History and Victories

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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