Re: birding-aus Duck Season

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Subject: Re: birding-aus Duck Season
From: "Karen Pearson" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 1999 12:28:25 +1100

>Its sad to say that duck season in Victoria has come around again

Sad isn't the word !!    I've spent the weekend feeling very morose in that
I should be doing more to stop this atrocity happening.  What is wrong with
Victoria?   NSW eventually realised the maddness!

--- snip

>Lets hope this sort of silly season ends soon.

Too bloody right.   After attending 2 duck rescues in NSW previously, I can
vouch for the cruelty, destruction, environmental vandalism and TOTAL
disregard for our native wildlife.  It is revolting and disgraceful.  I've
seen PILES (yes piles, I am not exaggerating) of shot birds retrieved.  All
species, all colours.  The vets at times had to get the field guides out to
i.d. some of the more unusual victims of this blood 'sport'.   The trend I
saw was, If it moves, shoot it.

>From Sundays newspaper I believe the first birds treated by the vets on site
were Grebes together with a photo of a injured swan.  Todays 'Age' shows a
Werribee vet treating an orphaned cygnet.

Try turning up to camp with a shot Freckle Duck in your backpack only to
find the next fellow out has THREE - then discovering the vet is in the
middle of treating a shot pelican.
And that is one of the more pleasant stories, believe me.

Best wishes to your family involved Stuart.  Attending rescues is a
harrowing experience and one I will never forget but thank goodness there
are people out there fighting for some sanity.   Good on you for bringing it

All the best
Hampton, Vic.

>Stuart Cooney
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