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Quail cruelty heads south

Against Animal Cruelty Tasmania (AACT) is condemning the Tasmanian Government for still allowing recreational shooting of Brown Quail. The annual four week open season, slammed for being cruel, is due to begin today (30 April) amid concerns that the season has been surreptitiously extended into southern Tasmania.

“The Tasmanian Government is yet again endorsing broad scale slaughtering of native wildlife, while enlisting the services of vested interests to help make decisions about the killing season.” said Chris Simcox, spokesperson for AACT, “The quail is a shy little bird that causes no disruption to human activities so there is absolutely no justification to continue killing them. This is all about lads with guns getting their kicks.”

“The department admits to only surveying quail numbers in the Bass Strait islands, and yet it is allowing the season to be extended to include the south of the State for the first time in over 40 years, with no real knowledge of species density and distribution in that region.” said Mr Simcox, “They plan to use shooters to do that survey work for them. How is it possible to determine quail numbers by the number killed? This is an absurd approach to surveying, and is totally unscientific.”

Other States have brought an end to quail shooting, including Western Australia and Queensland. AACT urges the Government of Tasmania to follow suit.

“By allowing an open season on Brown Quail, the Tasmanian Government is condoning the killing of small defenceless native animals for enjoyment.” said Mr Simcox, “This is abhorrent and totally unacceptable by the standards of our modern society. Tasmania should become more progressive and outlaw all recreational killing practices. We demand an end to quail killing in Tasmania.”

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  1. Ian Rist

    April 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Re # 7 Phill if you look at the ABS statistics on Invasive Species you will see that the cat predates on more native species (birds and mammals) than any other invasive animal.

    Also cats spred Toxoplasmosis (abortion storm) in sheep herds and can affect pregnant women with Toxo.
    The problem is there is no money available for MAINLAND Tasmania for feral cats under the now defunct NHT which evolved into the now Caring for our Country…that is the real problem with feral cats.
    Number 6 ten times more Quail killed ? One Feral cat will kill, eat and regurgitate up to twenty Quail in one day.
    I have shot Ferals with the remains of eight Brown Quail in their gut.
    With an estimated 200,000 feral cats in Tasmania what chance have the Quail got?
    Close the season based on the number cats kill…but not on what licensed hunters take each year mainly on offshore Islands.

    Yum Yum Brown Quail with grapes, taste better than lentils …

  2. phill Parsons

    April 30, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Rist is not alone in wanting real action on feral cats. Unfortunately their measurable economic damage is too small.

  3. AnnoyingOrange

    April 30, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Lads getting their kicks it may be, but every time you ban something, the lads have to find their kicks in other ways.

    Anyway, feral cats would kill 10 times more quail. Ban feral cats. Or better, let the lads get their kicks by shooting them!

  4. john Hayward

    April 29, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    The key term is “modern society”. We’re actually dealing with a minister and government who still license the broadacre poisoning of native wildlife.

    J Hayward

  5. Dave

    April 29, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Dont mind a bit of quail. Its a little like rabbit in that you can stuff it up in the preparation. But when cooked right…..yummy yum yummy.

  6. mike seabrook

    April 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    what do they say about reynard the tasmanian fox

    fox shooters would do a better job than the $4-$5million per year wastrels on the public teat.

  7. Ian Rist

    April 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    The Minister for DPIWE is a keen Brown Quail shooter…so what?
    Remember that’s what Bryan was doing on Prime Seal Island in 2006 when he survived his first plane crash.

    Far better to let us enjoy Quail as table fare than allow them to be slaughtered all year round by the out of control feral cats running at plague proportions in Tasmania.
    But then the “do-gooders” wouldn’t even know about that…or like Macquarie Island they just don’t want to know.

  8. Russell

    April 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    “They plan to use shooters to do that survey work for them. How is it possible to determine quail numbers by the number killed?”

    “Aye sir, there’s nought left.”

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