By now you’ve probably heard that the opening weekend of the duck shooting season was an absolute massacre.
The bloodbath was even confirmed by shooting bodies like the Game Management Authority and the government – who were left with no choice but to close the wetlands where it occurred.
Below are the confronting numbers of just how large scale the suffering was. And to put this into perspective:
- There are hundreds of wetlands available for shooting on opening weekend
- This is what our rescue team retrieved from just one wetland alone
- These are just the birds that shooters killed and left behind, it doesn’t include the ones they took away with them
We’ll never know just how many birds suffered and died on opening weekend, but we do know it was suffering at an unimaginable level.
Now, for the numbers.
484 Grey Teal
354 Pink-eared Duck
77 Wood Duck
51 Hardhead Duck
11 Mountain Duck
11 Pacific Black Duck
1 Chestnut Teal
33 Blue-winged Shoveler
51 Eurasian Coot
112 Freckled Duck (threatened species)
36 Blue-billed Duck (threatened species)
That’s a total of 1,252 discarded native waterbirds. At one wetland. On one weekend.
And despite the fact that 263 of these victims were illegal to shoot in the first place – some of the volunteers who were there to assist the suffering were fined almost $1,000 each.
Duck rescuers take on what you’d assume would be a government responsibility, but instead of being held up as shining examples of altruism, laws have been introduced which make their efforts illegal.
That’s why we’re fighting back in court. And it’s about so much more than expensive fines. It’s about showing that we can’t be stopped. We’re not going anywhere until duck shooting is banned once and for all – until the Victorian Labor Governments follows the three states that have already banned it.
Please support our waterbird warriors by chipping in to our legal fighting fund.
Name: Coalition Against Duck Shooting
BSB: 063 100
Account number: 1032 7748
Or alternatively, make an online donation here.