To: " net. au" <>
Subject: Shooters
From: Andrew Stafford <>
Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:20:23 +1000
Let's be clear about this and stop pussyfooting around, please: anyone who 
shoots a swan or an avocet - an avocet, for God's sake! - in or out of duck 
shooting season doesn't need more stringent ID testing; they need to be in the 
clink. Now, that might sound like an over-reaction - OK, it is an overreaction- 
but if half of what is supposed to have happened at Boort is true, the 
apologist rhetoric about birders and hunters working together for conservation 
doesn't sit terribly well with me. Stop kidding yourselves folks; we're not 
talking about a group that cares one whit about wildlife, we're talking about a 
bunch of rednecks, plain and simple. I acknowledge that not all hunters are so 
indiscriminate, but the fact is if this had happened under the Bracks or even 
the Brumby governments a scandal such as this (and it is a scandal) would have 
probably been the tipping point that would have seen duck hunting finally 
banned in Victoria. As it is, the fact that it's happened under 
 a conservative regime at a time when the print media is either unwilling or 
unable to commit the required investigative resources to tell the full story 
will probably save it for a decade longer. More's the pity.



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