Fwd: [BIRDING-AUS] In case you missed the news

To: <>
Subject: Fwd: [BIRDING-AUS] In case you missed the news
From: "Lorne Johnson" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2005 10:37:11 +1000
Hello bird lovers... Something interesting from a Greens parliamentary brief...

>>> knightl <> 11/08/2005 6:07 pm >>>

Ban slapped on duck hunting
Brian Williams

THE State Government yesterday gave in to years of pressure from 
anti-duck-hunting activists, banning the recreational shooting of ducks 
and quail.

Activists congratulated the Government, but called on it to take the 
final step and legislate to ensure that it would be difficult for the 
sport to be reintroduced.

Sporting Shooters Association Geoff Jones described the decision as 
absurd, saying some shooters might hunt illegally.

Premier Peter Beattie told Parliament the state had more than 1800 
licensed shooters in 1984 but this had fallen to 376 last year.

Opposition members objected to the ban, prompting Mr Beattie to call 
them dinosaurs.

Groups opposed to the shooting include the Royal Society for the 
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Birds Queensland, the Wildlife 
Preservation Society, the Queensland Conservation Council, and Animal 
Liberation ? incorporating more than 30,000 members.

Wildlife society spokesman Des Boyland said members were jubilant. "But 
in time we'd like to see legislation banning duck and quail hunting so 
a future less-caring government will have difficulty in permitting it 
to occur," Mr Boyland said.

Mr Jones said his organisation represented almost 40,000 shooters, yet 
had not been consulted.

With the RSPCA arguing that as many as 90 per cent of ducks shot 
suffered a slow death, Environment Minister Desley Boyle said she 
considered the sport barbaric. Other factors were the drought and 
declining bird numbers.

Ms Boyle received 700 representations on the issue this year ? all but 
15 opposed to shooting.

She told Parliament people had written to her arguing that killing an 
animal for sport, recreation or tradition should be consigned to the 
dark ages.

Another wrote that, while in the past it might have been appropriate to 
shoot for the table, poultry and game birds were readily available at 
the cost of a few shotgun cartridges.

Ms Boyle said permits would still be issued to farmers to shoot birds 
which were damaging crops.

Mr Jones said the RSPCA data was flawed. "There hasn't been any real 
analysis of evidence, and I'm quite disgusted. This is a slight on the 
credibility of the minister and the Government," he said. "There might 
be some people surreptitiously pursuing duck hunting now. Queensland is 
a big place, and Queenslanders are independent people.

". . . Hunting is a traditional cultural activity. It's not a barbaric 
activity, and is done with proper regard to game, and is no less cruel 
than fishing."

Mr Jones said few shooting licences had been taken up, because the 
Government had made them difficult to get.

Birds Queensland spokesman Mike West said Ms Boyle had creditably 
brought Queensland into line with New South Wales, the Australian 
Capital Territory, and Western Australia.

"Recreational shooting is not acceptable today, just like fox hunting 
and whale shooting aren't," he said. "And the Government has to be 
careful the problem doesn't arise that occurred in other states where 
crop mitigation permits went through the roof after a ban."

Former environment minister Dean Wells had a moratorium on shooting; 
but this was reversed after he was replaced last year by John Mickel, 
who said he approved of shooting on scientific advice.

It turned out that the scientific advice was a majority view from his 
duck-hunting advisory committee, whose four hunting representatives 
outvoted the three environment representatives.

Mr Mickel's decision came back to haunt the Government when a major 
scientific survey earlier this year showed water-bird numbers at a 
20-year low.

Birding-Aus is now on the Web at
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message 'unsubscribe
birding-aus' (no quotes, no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Fwd: [BIRDING-AUS] In case you missed the news, Lorne Johnson <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU