Duck shooting in Victoria

To: friarbird43 friarbird43 <>, Philip Veerman <>, "" <>
Subject: Duck shooting in Victoria
From: Sofia Frew via Birding-Aus <>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:00:08 +0000
I think the arguments against hunting are persuasive on conservation and animal 
rights grounds.  As someone has mentioned, Animals Australia has a petition on 
the issue (please sign it!) and there are others campaigning against duck 
hunting on those grounds.
I also believe that a very strong argument is the economic benefit that 
wildlife tourism brings - surely governments must pay attention to that??  A 
Google search shows a lot of stats for the money that wildlife tourism brings 
in other countries.  This might be the rational argument that can win the 
debate.  I certainly advocated for it when I wrote to Daniel Andrews (although 
I have yet to hear back from him...).

From: friarbird43 friarbird43 <>
 To: Philip Veerman <>;  
 Sent: Monday, 20 March 2017, 16:15
 Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Duck shooting in Victoria
The small percentage who hunt can make a great difference to the result 
of any election. Given that is usually only a percentage or three 
between the major parties a group that might represent 10% of the vote 
cannot be ignored. Hunters are unusually passionate about their 
'calling' and any politician or party who 'ripped from them their 
traditional way of life' will be in for a fight.

Still the arguments against hunting are persuasive on conservation 
grounds, and, to a lesser degree, animal rights concerns.

Perhaps the labor party could introduce a ban a few months out from an 
unwinnable election?

ciao for now

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