Box Flat duck massacre (Vic)

To: Carl Clifford <>
Subject: Box Flat duck massacre (Vic)
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Mon, 13 May 2013 17:19:32 +1000
Yeah, highly likely. Where were you that day, Debbie?

The man must have a lot more respect for protesters now he thinks they could 
train up 150 people to shoot that well in a year.

Given that Game Victoria was tipped off the this might happen, but went 
elsewhere instead, one could theorise that the shooters, whoever they were, 
perhaps somehow knew they'd do that.

"But Game Victoria, the government body in charge of the duck season, said that 
while the tipoff was judged to have ''something in it'', the authority 
prioritised potential protester activity on the Saturday morning at nearby 
Woolshed Swamp. But compliance officers found no protesters there.

By the time they got to Box Flat, the hunters - between 50 and 150 - had been 
shooting for more than an hour. A landowner, who is furious about the incident 
but declined to be named, said this was when most of the damage had been done."

My concern is that as soon as enforcement was relaxed, it was straight back to 
the old days. I assume it was behaviour like this that inspired people to start 
protesting in the first place. Whether bans are reintroduced or not, the 
enforcement role should go back to DSE.

Peter Shute

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On 13/05/2013, at 4:36 PM, "Carl Clifford" 
<<>> wrote:

The assertion by Field & Game Australia's Rod Drew that "protesters
could have shot the ducks "to bring the shooters into disrepute"", is
nothing short of bizarre. FGA must be worried about the incident.

Carl Clifford

On 13/05/2013, at 4:16 PM, Peter Shute wrote:

This incident that Debbie Lustig mentioned a few weeks ago has finally
made the news:

"The shooters ‘‘ shot the shit out of ... everything that moved.’’

The slaughter embarrassed even the most hard-headed of hunters. More
than 800 abandoned duck carcasses that shooters did not bother to pick
up. At least 150 endangered ducks killed, many among Australia’s
rarest. And other dead birds – hawk-like whistling kites and black
swans– that look nothing like ducks. "

It might only be on page 8, but it's the whole page.

Peter Shute

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