Duck shooting season

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Subject: Duck shooting season
From: Debbie Lustig <>
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2013 22:38:20 +1000
The fourth weekend of the season saw 21 wounded or exhausted birds taken
into care at a wildlife shelter in north-central Victoria. They included 12
Eurasian Coots - hardly game species. Non-game birds are collateral damage.
Nothing has been done to fine hunters who shoot them as wildlife officers
(when present) have concentrated their efforts on fining rescuers.


The grim total of birds shot and left (on a couple of wetlands) is 330. This
includes 103 Pink-eared Ducks, five Blue-billed Ducks, grebes, swans,
avocets and 83 Freckled Ducks. Many died slowly over two days or more, as a
small sample seen by a vet revealed.


This short video uses dramatic music and an emotional voiceover but clearly
shows the reality of duck shooting.


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