Fw: birding-aus Lead shot - phase out in Victoria (Aust.)

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Subject: Fw: birding-aus Lead shot - phase out in Victoria (Aust.)
From: "Karen Pearson" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 1999 14:32:47 +1100

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>Martin O'Brien wrote:
>>The 1999 Victorian Hunting Guide details the proposed phase out of lead
>>shot use by hunters in Victoria.  1999 is a year of voluntary phase out
>>the use of lead shot.  The Hunting Guide can be viewed at:

Karen wrote:
>The above site does mention the phase out of lead shot but all the info I
>read seems to be relating to 1998 duck season.
>While alternative 'environmentally friendlier' shot has always been
>available for use (as far as my memory goes) the shooters did not choose to
>use it due to increased cost involved.  I will say, that in discussions
>U.S.  duck shooters I've had in the past, they have considered Aust. still
>using lead shot fairly prehistoric - that, together with shooters leaving
>their spent cartridges on the wetlands instead of taking them with them and
>re-filling them for further use.
>Is the lead-free shooting going to be legally enforced?   Will shooters be
>physically unable to purchase lead shot?  While applying laws and
>regulations to shooters seems to have little effect, I wonder what
>safeguards would be in place to ensure lead-free shooting is in fact
>Perhaps Stuart could ask his boss - if he is _still_ his boss that is !
>While the non-use (if firmly implemented and adhered too) of lead shot
>help the lead contamination issue, the wanton killing and maiming of
>non-game species, the threat to endangered and protected species, the cruel
>killing and unneccessary maiming of game-species AND the distruption to
>sensitive wetland areas will all remain the same.
>I find the statement made by Paul McDonald earlier, regarding his views on
>animal cruelty being an irrelevant issue in this matter because we can fish
>(therefore because of this fact implies some sort of possibility of an all
>out free-for-all on animal cruelty) total absurd.
>I can also certainly differentiate between natures natural laws of
>predatation  AGAINST outright unnecessary and intentional cruelty being
>inflicted on wildlife purely for the fun of it.  Cripes!
>Hampton, Vic.

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