For up to twelve weeks a year Australia's picturesque wetlands — usually peaceful havens and home for our unique wildlife — are transformed into killing fields...
Native ducks and even endangered and 'protected' birds are gunned down by shooters, their fragile bodies peppered with pellets. Many are maimed and left for dead, with broken limbs and punctured internal organs.
The 'lucky' ones are killed instantly. The unlucky ones — an estimated one out of every four birds shot — will suffer for days or even weeks before finally succumbing to their injuries.
Perhaps most awful of all? This cruelty is inflicted upon defenceless animals in the name of a 'sport' that the majority of caring Australians oppose.
Environmental conditions in 2019 and 2020 were catastrophic, and rare waterbirds headed south in search of drought refuge. Tragically, this put them right in the line of fire of Victorian shooters.
Now, the Victorian Government has approved a brutal 2021 shooting season, even though waterbird populations are even lower than last year. In fact, 5 out of 8 'game' species are in significant long term decline. And, even more shockingly, the long term scientically-validated survey indicating waterbird populations are plummeting is being ignored by the Victorian Government. These animals need your voice NOW!
Duck shooting has already been banned in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia on animal cruelty grounds. Even in Victoria and South Australia, shooting seasons have previously been cancelled when waterbird populations were low. Now you can help inspire compassion for our precious native waterbirds by demanding an end to duck shooting across the rest of Australia.
Please join us to call on the Acting Premier of Victoria, James Merlino, urging him to protect unique wildlife by banning duck shooting »