Philip, are you suggesting that shooters might have trouble recognising a
Pink-eared Duck? I would have thought there were few ducks that were so
distinctive. In Victoria at least, shooters have to pass an identification test.
> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of
> Philip Veerman
> Sent: Tuesday, 25 June 2013 10:31 PM
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Duck Shooting in NSW
> All that makes sense but surely the relevant part of the
> reason is to pander to people who do not have the skills or
> interest to recognise this species (or probably several other
> ones), so that the system does not get involved in debating
> whether someone made an identification or shooting error. The
> bureaucracy would have a hard task prosecuting that, given
> the likely defence. I would suspect that as the reason rather
> than what it eats or that it associates with other waterfowl
> species that do harm crops, which is of course a cop out.
> Maybe it does not help that it has a name that refers to a
> feature barely visible at shooting range.
> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of
> Chris King
> Sent: Tuesday, 25 June 2013 4:53 PM
> To: Erica Trinder
> Cc: Birding Aus
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Duck Shooting in NSW
> Hi Erica
> It is dismal. At the risk of being political, below is part
> of an email from the National Parks Association (a not for
> profit group, not associated with the government National
> Parks) showing that at least there is some opposition and
> that other groups care about the pink-eared ducks in NSW!
> "In the last two years, the NSW government has made a series
> of alarming environmental decisions that seriously threaten
> the future of our national parks and wildlife. Many of these
> decisions are based on political deals made with the Shooters
> and Fishers Party, rather than credible scientific evidence.
> Nothing illustrates this quite as clearly as the case of the
> This beautiful Australian bird has recently been added to the
> list of native game species that can be legally hunted on
> private land in NSW. According to the Legislation, ducks can
> only be shot for the purposes of 'sustainable agricultural
> management', primarily to protect rice crops. However, the
> scientific literature indicates that the Pink-eared Duck is
> an insect eater and doesn't consume rice or other crops. In
> reality the Pink-eared Duck serves as a farmer's friend,
> preying on insects that are major rice pests.
> If left unharmed this unique little duck could even help
> reduce pesticide use on these crops.
> Based on the species feeding habits, the NPA provided
> evidence for a recent private member's Bill calling for
> Pink-eared Ducks to be removed from the list of native game
> birds. However, despite clear scientific evidence that the
> decision to cull this species is fatally flawed, the
> government will not support the Bill, claiming that the
> Pink-eared Duck associate with other waterfowl species that
> do harm crops. So for no other reason than that they "hang
> out" with the wrong crowd the government has made it legal to
> shoot this unique native species.
> We use this example to highlight how bad recent
> environmental decisions have been in NSW and why we fear for
> the future. If this was not ominous enough a serious new
> threat is now emerging out of the recent inquiry into the
> management of public lands, chaired by Shooters and Fishers
> MLC Robert Brown, whose recommendations include opening
> national parks to logging, and imposing a moratorium on the
> creation of new national parks.
> With the help of our supporters, NPA has been driving a
> successful high profile campaign against hunting in national
> parks that has helped delay the start of the program.
> However, as you have just read hunting is no longer the only
> major threat our parks and environment face and we need to
> broaden our campaign to tackle these new, emerging dangers.
> *Please make a donation and help us to protect our national
> parks **and unique species, such as the Pink-eared Duck, for
> future generations to
> On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 11:17 PM, Erica Trinder
> > Hi,
> > I was wondering what people think / feel / know about recreational
> > shooting of NSW waterbirds?
> > When I say recreational shooting, that's what it of course
> is. But it
> > is being politically disguised under the "pest management"
> banner by
> > the O'Farrell government. They're calling it a cull! Yet
> they have now
> > added the pink-eared duck to the hit list. Despite the fact
> they are
> > claiming they are doing this cull for the rice and grain farmers
> > (claiming the birds eat their crops), yet the pink-eared duck eats
> > insects, not grains.
> > For more on the latest from the O'Farrell government giving in to
> > every desire of the 2 Upper House NSW Shooters MP's, see:
> > -crosshairs-20130621-2onxa.html
> > I'm very interested in people's thoughts and comments on this topic.
> > My interest in this is that I care deeply for all animals, and will
> > fight to the death for them. I've been going down to
> Victoria for many
> > years to protect and rescue our native water birds during
> the annual
> > duck shooting season. However, the state of things in NSW is quite
> > possibly a whole lot worse, as it takes place on private
> property all
> > year round, where it can't be monitored. I've heard
> terrible stories
> > of as many as 3000 birds being killed (I hate to think how
> many were
> > not killed outright, but seriously
> > wounded) in a single days shooting on a single property. But no one
> > aside from the shooters and farmers really knows exactly
> what's going
> > on...and they're certainly not telling. I'd appreciate the thoughts
> > and knowledge
> > people in the bird loving community.
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> > (m) 0416 741 020
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