Four duck rescuers have been fined almost $1,000 each for defending our native waterbirds on opening weekend this year. They need your help to fight back.
Every year, a dedicated team of volunteers hits the wetlands for the opening of the duck shooting season. We’re there to:
- Get native waterbirds away from the wetlands before shooting starts
- Rescue wounded birds and take them to our vet tent for urgent medical treatment
- Document cruelty and illegal activity from shooters
If you’ve been following us before now, you’d know that opening this weekend was an absolute massacre. A bloodbath.
We retrieved 1,252 dead and wounded whole birds at just one wetland alone. These are native waterbirds left behind by shooters, even though it’s illegal to not retrieve them.
Of these 1,252 native waterbirds, hundreds of them were protected species, including: 33 Blue Winged Shovelers, 51 Eurasian Coots, 112 Freckled Ducks (the rarest waterbird in the country), 27 Grebes, 36 Blue Billed Ducks, 2 Swallows, 1 Seagull and 1 Cormorant.
On the days following opening weekend, at the same wetland, rescuers found a shallow grave with over 200 birds buried in it.
And despite heavy presence from authorities on the wetlands; shooters started firing shots half an hour before opening time, killed protected species and shot over their bag limits right in front of them.
The Game Management Authority recognised the unlawful behaviour from duck shooters, even releasing a press release confirming all of our claims from the weekend.
But still, four of our dedicated, volunteer duck rescuers have been sent infringement notices of $933 each. Simply for being there to defend waterbirds.
There is no department whatsoever in the Andrews Labor Government that looks after the interest of native waterbirds, including the Minister for the Environment.
That leaves it up to us to do the job of rescuing wounded birds and collecting illegally shot, protected, threatened and endangered species during the duck shooting season. For these acts of kindness, we are punished.
It is also important to note that the Game Management Authority would not have even been present at The Marshes in Kerang on opening weekend to witness the illegal activity by shooters if our rescue team had not chosen that location. They are there to try and stop concerned members of the public volunteering their time from exposing the truth, not doing their job of controlling hunting activity.
So we need to fight back. And this is where you come in.
Our goal is to raise at least $4,000 for these four rescuers. Plus we need to set up a legal fighting fund to challenge the Andrews Government in court – for rescuers taken to court.
You can contribute to the fund by direct deposit to our new fighting fund account:
Name: Coalition Against Duck Shooting
BSB: 063 100
Account number: 1032 7748
For native waterbirds,
The Coalition Against Duck Shooting Team