Each year in Victoria the tranquillity of our wetlands is destroyed by a State sanctioned massacre. Starting on Saturday the 21st of March 2015, gun shots will ring out at dawn and then every morning after that for the next three months. Our native water birds will be under attack from thousands of shooters, who are often inexperienced and reckless. Many birds will be shot but not killed outright and will be left to die slow torturous deaths or will drown, unable to swim or fly any further due to painful injuries.
Our native water birds have the right to live unharmed and in peace in their natural home. Please help to end this barbarism, tell our Premier the killing must end now!
Each duck shooting season countless native water birds die painful and protracted deaths. Horrifically, the peace and tranquility of Victoria’s wetlands is destroyed by the reckless behaviour of the small number of Victorian citizens who find pleasure in killing vulnerable native bird life. Our wild creatures need wild places to live in safety. Duck shooting is the very antithesis of responsible custodianship of these wild places.
Also, when one considers duck shooting has been banned in Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales and that according to a Morgan Poll, 2007; an overwhelming 87% of Victorians support a ban on duck shooting; it seems undeniable that the Victorian Government’s policies on this issue are lagging behind the current values and beliefs of our society.
We ask that you immediately ban the recreational killing of our native water birds and instead act to promote our beautiful Victorian wetlands as the tranquil, natural tourist destinations they are.