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Political parties must commit to banning recreational killing of ducks and other wildlife

Media Release

Political parties must commit to banning recreational killing of ducks and other wildlife

Media Conference

11am, Friday 5 March 2010

Parliament House

With the annual open season on duck shooting about to commence on 6 March, Against Animal Cruelty Tasmania (AACT), the Tasmanian Conservation Trust (TCT) and Wildlife Tasmania are calling on all political parties to commit to ending all government-licensed recreational killing of native wildlife.

“Every year we are faced with the cruel and senseless slaughter of native waterbirds in Tasmania at the hands of a minority group wielding shotguns,” announced Chris Simcox, spokesperson for AACT. “This brutal and cowardly attack on native ducks is government-sanctioned and subsidised with taxpayer dollars. Other states have recognised the cruelty inherent in duck shooting and Tasmania should follow them by banning it. Quite rightly the majority of Tasmanians are in favour of an immediate end to this barbarity.”

TCT Director Peter McGlone supported this position and added that: “While our protest this weekend will focus on saving ducks, we want to draw attention to the up-coming recreational slaughter of short-tailed shearwater (starting 3 April) and brown quail (starting 1 May) and the year-round wallaby season.”

“In the lead up to the 2010 state election we have a historic opportunity to take Tasmania in a new direction in its treatment of native animals and all the three political parties should commit to stop recreational killing,” Mr McGlone added.

The duck shooting season starts on Saturday 6 March 2010. Rescuers are heading to Moulting Lagoon to save the lives of native ducks which are in the firing line. Throughout the season rescuers will be watching the wetlands to ensure the safety of native waterbirds.

For the 2010 state election, AACT, TCT and Wildlife Tasmania want all political parties to commit to ending all recreational hunting open seasons for the following native species:

– wild duck (black duck, grey teal, chestnut teal, mountain duck, wood duck)

– short-tailed shearwater

– Bennett’s and rufus wallabies

– brown quail

Our groups believe that recreational killing of native wildlife species must be banned because it causes unjustifiable animal cruelty and because killing in the name of recreation or sport is abhorrent and promotes a culture of killing and disrespect for wildlife and animals generally.

Ph: 03 62 343552
2nd fl, 191-193 Liverpool St, Hobart 7000
Email : tct6@bigpond.com
Fax: 03 62 312491

Web: www.tct.org.au
Tasmanian Conservation Trust Inc

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. steve

    March 10, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Paulie does your job involve 1080 in any way ? A simple yes or no answer will do.

  2. Ian Rist

    March 10, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Also Paulie I would like to remind you that stupid governments of the day promoted a bounty on the Thylacine to appease sheep farmers, first introduced in 1830 by the VDL company and then by the government itself in 1888… a total of 2184 bounties were paid by the government and absolutely guaranteed the extinction of the Thylacine. This mass 1080 baiting campaign for imaginary foxes will be a catastrophe of equal magnitude on our native carnivores.
    Those responsible will have the blood of extinction on their hands.
    What mentality would be out there laying 1080 meat baits when our poor devils are in so much trouble?
    Absolute and total madness.

  3. Ian Rist

    March 10, 2010 at 9:10 am

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    “How many poisoned natives has it produced” ? ? ?
    Could be as high as one native for every 1080 bait that has not been recovered! ! !

  4. Ian Rist

    March 9, 2010 at 10:40 am

    This would have to be the epitomy of hypocrisy by the TCT and the Greens…in my opinion the TCT according to their policy proposals for the 2010 election appear to support the mass poisoning of our native carnivores and other wildlife from a 500,000 plus 1080 “fox” baiting program, that I might add, is yet to produce a single fox!
    On the other hand they want to stop recreational hunting where there is complete control, carefully licensed conditions and regulations as to what species can be taken.
    Once 1080 poison baits are put out in the landscape there is NO CONTROL over what innocent animals consume them and die.
    To many cafe latte sippers living of the system with absolutey no bush knowledgw whatsoever.
    What hypocrisy!

  5. Ian Rist

    March 5, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Mrs Bennett has covered the lamb chops in cellophane packets issue very well…How about the TCT and the AACT put a bit of effort into controlling 1080 poison? Or is that acceptable because it is out of sight and therefore out of mind?

    Or maybe you just can’t control the big money that controls 1080?

  6. Mrs Bennett

    March 5, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    My husband and son are both recreational shooters. They don’t hunt for fun or for sport. They hunt to put food on the table. We try to only eat ethically produced meat that has been killed humanely.

    My son went for a shot the other evening and he told of watching two buck wallabies fighting. He then shot the loser. I was proud of my son’s thinking. We needed meat for the table and he went out and got it, but he also made sure that he took the weaker buck, leaving the stronger buck to pass his genes on to the next generation.

    Most of the hunters I know are responsible and shoot to provide a feed for their families.

    I respect the animal protection societies beliefs, but I also ask that before you condemn all hunters you have a bit of a think about where all that lovely pristine, prettily packaged meat in the supermarkets comes from. How are the lambs killed? How are the chickens raised and killed? Have you forgotten about the horrid conditions of the intensively farmed pigs? Have you seen. (or smelled) a feedlot with cows standing ankle deep in their own waste? Are you going to boycott the meat section of your local supermarket as well or call for a ban on the butchers?

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