Join with Animals Australia to help end the duck slaughtering season
The beautiful wetlands of Victoria, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania should be safe havens for wildlife — instead in Autumn and early Winter they become a killing field as the duck shooting season begins.
Sadly, those birds who are killed instantly are often the ‘lucky’ ones. Ducks who are shot but left behind by shooters (estimated to be one out of every four birds shot) can suffer a prolonged and painful death from their injuries. All for the sake of a ‘sport’ that most in the community oppose.
Duck shooting maims and kills countless birds each year in Australia. An estimated one in four birds shot escape wounded, only to suffer from shattered bills, broken bones and severe internal injuries.
Animals Australia’s efforts
Duck shooting has already been banned in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia due to the extreme cruelty to birds. In 2007 and 2008, waterbird numbers were dangerously low and conditions were dry, so the duck shooting seasons were cancelled in Victoria and South Australia. Now, a survey in Victoria has found waterbird numbers are even lower, but state governments have still permitted a 2015 season — flying in the face of all credible scientific evidence:
- Waterbird breeding levels are the lowest on record.
- ‘Game’ bird numbers are nearly half the long-term average.
- Wetlands are at drought-like lows.
Animals Australia are working to ban the duck slaughtering season entirely. You can help end duck shooting across the rest of Australia by sending an instant message to your state MP urging them to ban duck shooting.
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How you can help
You can take action to ban duck slaughtering season by sending a message to your state MP now: