Coalition against Duck Shooting

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Coalition against Duck Shooting

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Mission: TO PERMANENTLY BAN THE RECREATIONAL SHOOTING OF NATIVE WATERBIRDS IN AUSTRALIA.

* Wounding rates are unacceptably high (one in four birds shot are wounded).

* 87% of Victorians want duck shooting banned (Morgan Poll, Oct. 2007).

* Three Labor State governments have already banned the activity - WA (1990), NSW (1995) and Queensland (2005).

* Duck shooting is unsustainable due to drought, climate change and global warming.

* Waterbird numbers across eastern Australia decreased by 82% since 1983 and in Victoria numbers dropped more than 70% in the past 25 years, “but the drop had been an astonishing 60% between 2007 and 2008” (Prof. R. Kingsford, University of NSW).

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Type of group

Coalition

Primary environmental focus

Conservation & Protection

Geographic sphere or activity

National

Primary location

Australia

Known address

304, 78 Eastern Road
South Melbourne
Victoria 3205
Australia

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Founding Year

1986

History of group

2007 & 2008

Moratoriums called in Victoria and South Australia. The rescue team travelled to Moulting Lagoon, the entrance to Freycinet National Park, on the east coast of Tasmania to confront the shooters and protect waterbirds after the Tasmanian government refused to call a moratorium.
2008

Three states in Australia have now banned the recreational shooting of native waterbirds – Western Australia (1990), New South Wales (1995) and now Queensland (10 August 2005)
2005

Queensland’s Premier Beattie becomes the third state Labor government to ban the recreational shooting of native waterbirds.

The Age editorial (19 March) again calls for the recreational shooting of native waterbirds to be banned in Victoria.

The numbers of duck shooters in Victoria drops from 95000 in 1986 to 19,400 today, although only small number were active on the state's wetlands in 2005.

View our Opening Weekend 2005 article
2003

The Sunday Age editorial (12 January) calls on the Victorian Bracks Government to ban the recreational shooting of native waterbirds in Victoria.

The Victorian government calls a moratorium. Rescue team travels to Tasmania for the opening weekend of their duck shooting season.
2002

The Bracks Government's own Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC) recommends that the recreational shooting of native waterbirds be banned in Victoria because of the inherent cruelty.
2001

Lead shot banned in Victoria.
1995

Premier Bob Carr bans the recreational shooting of native waterbirds in NSW, the second state Labor government to ban the activity.
1993
The Age newspaper editorial (24 March) calls for duck shooting to be outlawed. The first sentence says: 'Duck shooting is not a sport, it is an obscenity'.
1990
The recreational shooting of native waterbirds is banned in Western Australia by the then Labor Government.

Successes

Queensland
On 10 August 2005 Queensland became the third Labor state in Australia to ban the recreational shooting of native waterbirds. Premier Peter Beattie told state parliament that there will be no more duck and quail hunting in Queensland. "It's time to ban the recreational shooting of duck and quail," he said. "This is not an appropriate activity in contemporary life in the smart state. "The issue was referred to the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee which reports to the primary Industries Minister. "That Committee concluded that the likely rate of wounding, instead of direct kills, was unacceptable leading to unreasonable pain and suffering," Premier Beattie concluded.
Western Australia
The Western Australian Government banned recreational duck shooting in 1990. The then Premier, Dr Carmen Lawrence, in a Media release stated: "Our community has reached a stage of enlightenment where it can no longer accept the institutionalised killing of native birds for recreation."
New South Wales
In November 1995, the NSW Government banned recreational duck shooting. Legislation successfully passed through both houses of the NSW parliament.
South Australia
South Australia banned lead shot in 1994. Shooter numbers in that state have decreased to about 2,000.
Victoria
In Victoria, duck shooter numbers have drastically decreased from 95,000 in 1986 to about 22,000 on the Department of Natural Resources database. However, over the last few years, the numbers of duck shooters on the state's wetlands dropped to a very small number. The huge decrease is due to changing public opinion. The public today sees the shooting of native waterbirds as an outdated, anti-social activity that is no longer acceptable in our society. Today, duck shooter numbers make up only 0.4 per cent of Victoria’s population. The Victorian Labor Party develops policy to ban recreational duck shooting. (June 1991) But Labor politicians have never acted to implement this policy. In a media-based campaign, public opinion has been the main catalyst in reducing the numbers of duck shooters. The decrease in numbers has also been due to the introduction of a Waterfowl Identification Test for shooters in 1990. Changes to Australia's Gun laws have further reduced the numbers of duck shooters. In 1997, following the tragedy at Port Arthur in Tasmania (where 35 people were shot and killed by a lone gunman), Prime Minister John Howard and state premiers banned semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns: This and the 2002 ban on lead shot have also impacted on the remaining few duck shooters.

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