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Every year from March to June, some otherwise protected duck species are declared ‘game species’ and are allowed to be shot during the Victorian duck shooting season. In addition to the slaughter of so-called ‘game species’, many other protected ducks and other bird species are also shot on our wetlands.
Up to one quarter of birds that are shot fly away wounded, and will go on to suffer long, painful deaths or survive with enduring injuries including from shotgun pellets embedded in their bodies.
The government should be protecting our native birds not facilitating their injury and death.
Duck shooting has been banned in WA, NSW, Queensland and was never permitted in the ACT.
I ask that the Victorian government take responsibility for animal welfare and end duck shooting, as the majority of Victorians want.