Duck shooting is hideously cruel. But that’s not the only reason why we should ban the ‘sport’. Read on.
1. Ducks are native animals
Duck shooters themselves often don’t even realise that the birds they are shooting are native. On top of this, a recent ecological survey found waterbird numbers are the lowest they have been in 34 years. We must protect them.
2. It doesn’t just harm ‘game’ species
A common term used by duck shooters is “if it flies, it dies”. Duck shooters don’t discriminate on what birds they kill, and every single season swans, avocets and rare freckled ducks become victims, too.
Time and time again, duck shooters have proven that they can’t be trusted. And it’s time the Victorian Government stopped giving them chances.
3. Duck shooters pollute wetlands
While they may consider themselves conservationists – duck shooters are anything but that. After a weekend of duck shooting, you will find our beautiful, tranquil wetlands littered with beer cans, shotgun shells and dumped decoys.
4. Wetland tourism *could* be a thing
Victoria’s wetlands are rich in 50,000 years of indigenous heritage. A thriving, nature-based wetlands tourism industry is the way of the future. It will not only revitalise country towns, but will protect the financial future of regional Victorians.
5. It’s banned in other states of Australia
Recreational duck shooting has been banned in NSW, QLD and WA. It was never permitted in the ACT. For a state that prides itself around being progressive on animal welfare, it’s embarrassing the Victorian Labor Government still allows our native waterbirds to be brutally massacred in the name of sport.
But we’re fighting to change that. Help us make it happen.