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.”