Re: Duck Hunting in Victoria.

To: "'peter crow'" <>, <>
Subject: Re: Duck Hunting in Victoria.
From: "Paul Dodd" <>
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2009 16:39:15 +1100
All good points, Peter - but you need to tell the politicians, not us!

As per last year, I have a list of all the email addresses of the Victorian
State MPs for all those that would like to voice your protest. If anyone
would like a copy of this list, please contact me off list.

Please note that at least one member of the Sporting Shooters Association of
Australia is subscribed to birding-aus, so when commenting on this subject,
please know that your comments will be read by the shooters.

I would also invite anyone that is interested in protesting this stupid
decision to contact the Coalition Against Duck Shooting
( There will inevitably be a protest on the opening
weekend. We will not know any details until just prior to that weekend.

Paul Dodd
Docklands, Victoria

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of peter crow
Sent: Thursday, 31 December 2009 3:13 PM
Subject: Re: Duck Hunting in Victoria.

What a shame the so called progressive state of Victoria is really on  
of the few barbaric ones left.

Duck shooting is nothing more than killing for fun.

There are no economic reasons for shooting ducks. Its cheaper to buy a  
cooked chook from 'Woolworths or Coles.

The cost of ammunition is such that unless the shooter gets a duck per  
shot the ammo is more costly than the food obtained.

Many shooters often cannot tell which species they are shooting at.  
This has been established under scientific conditions.

Lead shot doesn't do much for the environment.

The "by-shoot", the ducks injured is usually many more than the ones  
actually killed and picked up by the shooter.

Most of the by-shoot eventually die of wounds. Often painful wounds  
which become infected.

The practice of shooting animals or birds for "fun" is less than  

When we worked to have such shooting banned in Queensland all we had  
to do was tell people the government was declaring a Duck Season and  
that they expected zzz ducks to be destroyed. Hundreds, in fact tens  
of thousands volunteered to write to the premier and the minister  
demanding shooting be stopped.

It worked.

Politicans get worried by lots of people, by newspapers and by talk  
back radio all speaking out about something they can easily fix. No  
costs, no expenditure, some back lash from the shooters but they are  
greatly out numbered by those opposing killing native species.

Its time the people and environmental groups of Victoria got together  
and worked co-operatively to convince the government that they are on  
the wrong track.



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