Duck hunting apathy?

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Subject: Duck hunting apathy?
From: Debbie Lustig <>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:29:40 +1100
I would like to address the birding community about what I think is the most 
important issue in birdwatching in Victoria. Why is there such reluctance to 
help with the campaign to end recreational shooting of ducks? 
This year, there were three meetings held by the Coalition Against Duck 
Shooting to brief people about what to expect. No one from the birding 
community attended. That is, of course, everyone's choice. But how can people 
know they don't want to go to opening morning if they don't know anything about 

Imagine if people were getting their thrills by poisoning or trapping ducks. 
There'd be an uproar. 
Yet duck shooters do exactly that - kill birds, legally, sanctioned by the 
government. And one in four birds is wounded, dying hours or days later of its 
Sometimes, bad laws must be challenged, which is what the Coalition Against 
Duck Shooting does.
Of all the people I'd expect to see lining up to silently witness the 
slaughter, birders are ... absent. Can people really imagine they can afford to 
ignore this?
Perhaps you are worried about safety issues, or legal issues. The fact is, you 
can't be charged if you obey the law and stay well clear of hunters. This 
lessens the chances of an accident as well.
This year more than ever, with the Department of Primary Industries running the 
season (read the National Party) we need people on the wetlands on opening 
morning to show our united front against the barbarity of duck shooting. It's 
not too late to register and come along. 
Last year, there were around 400 hunters at the opening morning wetlands site 
and 150 rescuers. Wouldn't it be fantastic to match that number or even better 
it? Our wetlands are wonderful and should be used for ecotourism, not as 
killing fields for the entertainment of a a few thousand.
As the quote says, 'All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do 

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