STOP THE KILMORE GOLF CLUB FROM KILLING CORELLAS
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The Kilmore Golf Club in Victoria have been issued with a permit by DEWLP - the Department of Land, Water and Planning to kill a number of Native Corellas on their golf course.
Most Australians value and enjoy native wildlife. Native birds are an intrinsic and colourful part of our lives.
The key to minimising the damage by corellas and other cockatoos is to understand their behaviour patterns. Damage can be minimised with good planning. (Taken from a Department of Environment and Conservation document)
Corellas often form large flocks, especially along watercourses and where seeding grasses are found. Corellas are thought to pair for life and will start breeding at the start of a long period of rain. The nest site is a suitable tree hollow, lined with shavings of wood. This is normally used for several years in row.
Corellas feed in large flocks. The birds feed mainly on the ground, and have to drink on a daily basis. The most common foods are grains and grass seeds. Some bulbs and fruits may also be eaten.
There are many laws in Australia that protect Australian birds. It is against the law to
mistreat or neglect animals in Australia. The laws preventing cruelty to animals are for both domestic and wild animals. Some laws specifically prevent wild birds from being harmed or killed (including destroying nests and eggs).
The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act of 1988 is supposed to protect our native animals from inhumane killing such as this, yet DEWLP have issued the Kilmore Golf Club with a permit to kill Corellas on their golf course, for the second year in a row.
This is despite the fact that lethal methods of Corella control have little effect on reducing damage.
Shooting of pest birds should only be performed by skilled operators who have the necessary experience with firearms and who hold the appropriate licences and
accreditation. Only one bird should be targeted at a time. Shooting with a shotgun at a group of birds flying overhead often results in welfare problems as the birds aligned with the central cluster of pellets will usually be fatally injured, but those at the perimeter of the volley may only be hit be one or two pellets and stand a good chance of surviving. These birds are likely to experience suffering.
Only one bird should be targeted at a time. The shooter should aim to have a single bird in the centre of the shot pattern at the point of impact. Shooting at a flock
is not an acceptable practice.
Shooting should be avoided at time when birds are nesting and there are dependent young present.
Any shooting activity must be planned and undertaken in a manner that avoids the possibility of injury to the public. Before discharging the firearm, the shooter must ensure that the background to the target area is free of people, property, infrastructure and/or assets to eliminate any risk of collateral damage from spent shot.
If the Kilmore Golf Club are allowed to annually apply for permits to kill these native Corellas and annually have these permits granted and are allowed to shoot at departing flocks, during a time when there are likely to be dependent young present, disregarding common laws surrounding permitted killing, this opens the door for Corellas and other native animals to be killed at the hands of humankind.
Corellas do not have a voice of their own, we need to be their voice. We need to stand up for them and say, "Enough!" We need to demand that the rights of Corellas are protected and that Kilmore Golf Club be told to STOP the INHUMANE culling of these animals.
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