Illawarra Birders Inc. PO Box 1355, 116 Auburn St, Wollongong 2500.
Illawarra Birders members have been absolutely disgusted at the sight of the hundreds of dead ducks laid out in protest outside the Victorian Premier’s Office by volunteers. This included 68 Freckled and 21 Blue-billed Ducks which are both threatened species and had therefore been illegally shot. There were many other birds killed and left injured that were not even duck species.
Our issues with duck shooting are as follows:
We would like to know how shooting is policed? Are hunters prosecuted when they are found to have shot something they should not have?
Our members have been told the duck season brings great income to Victoria as the shooters use services and accommodation in the area.
Illawarra Birders are part of the BIGnet (Bird Interest Group network) of bird groups in NSW and the ACT. The duck shooting issue was raised at our recent BIGnet meeting. Our members have been asked to take Victoria off their inter-state travel destination lists and to not spend money on any Victorian–based companies. This letter will be shared with the BIGnet groups which encompass thousands of birders across NSW. We will continue to encourage this type of action by our members until the duck hunting season ceases to be a part of the Victorian calendar OR until it can be irrefutably proven that hunters CAN be responsible and target ONLY those species they are allowed, by law, to shoot.
We see duck hunting as turning a blind-eye to hunters that continually do the wrong thing as is consistently proven by the dead and injured bird species that are unnecessarily shot each year.
Illawarra Birders Inc.