Here is the Media Release from the Coalition Against Duck Shooting regarding
the 2010 Victorian Duck Hunting Season. Contact CADS at www.duck.org.au for
COALITION AGAINST DUCK SHOOTING
Wednesday 30 December 2009
No reprieve for Native Waterbirds
Premier John Brumby – just another climate change sceptic
The Coalition Against Duck Shooting today slammed the Victorian Brumby
Government for selling out Australia’s native waterbirds by calling a
recreational duck shooting season for political reasons.
The Coalition Against Duck Shooting’s Campaign Director, Laurie Levy, today
said: "The Brumby Government’s decision to allow a duck shooting season in 2010
is totally irresponsible and a betrayal of the 87% of Victorians who want the
recreational shooting of native waterbirds banned.
"At a time when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been in Copenhagen seeking an
agreement on serious climate change issues, Premier Brumby seems oblivious to
the potential crisis and has irresponsibly called another duck shooting season
when native waterbirds are under extreme stress."
"With wetlands drying and waterbird numbers down by 82% since 1983, Premier
Brumby is acting like a climate change sceptic who lacks the vision to
understand the serious plight native waterbirds face," said Levy.
"It is difficult to understand how a modern Victorian Labor Government in the
21st century can still have the same destructive policies towards Australia’s
native waterbirds as the Bolte Liberal Government of the 1950s and 60s. Times
have changed, with the recreational shooting of native waterbirds banned by
three State Labor Premiers in WA, NSW and Queensland," Levy said.
"As the Brumby Government has again made a political decision to look after
their duck shooting mates, the Coalition Against Duck Shooting fully supports
Ted Baillieu’s call for an independent Crime Commission to be established in
"Calling another season simply for political reasons to accommodate a small
number of duck shooters is corruption and must be investigated by a Crime
Commission. It defies all the scientific evidence that indicates waterbird
numbers have seriously declined, and the fact that most Victorians want native
waterbirds protected (87% according to a recent Morgan Research Poll).
"Once again the Coalition Against Duck Shooting’s rescue team will return to
the wetlands to protect Australia’s native waterbirds from recreational
shooters," Levy concluded.
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