Big Guns…Little Ducks

I’m quite fond of ducks. I feed them. I’m also an avid birdwatcher and delight in seeing a new species of duck. Whenever I go to a pond in my sub-urban area I’m happy they’re safe. Even though the countryside is a beautiful place, it’s no fun for ducks.

Australia is pretty much safe to ducks. Almost. If you’re a duck in the countryside in Victoria, South Australia or Tasmania you’re in big trouble. And if you’re in some NSW rice fields.

Every year the wetlands of these 3 states become gruesome battle fields. Due to hunters.

It’s called a “sport”, but don’t be fooled by the name. Sport is fun for every team, but the ducks are having no fun at all. It’s truly slaughter.The ducks killed increased from 270,000 in 2010 to over 600,000 in 2011

Ducks suffer when they are hit by pellets. If a duck doesn’t die straight away it may suffer for a long time before recovery or death, and predation by foxes. It’s estimated 1 in 3 birds shot escapes wounded and is left to suffer.

It’s also no fun for people. Some people have been killed due to duck shooting. For example, a 10 year old boy shot a man in the leg on the first day of duck hunting season in Victoria. Take action here to stop children hunting in Australia.

This so-called “sport” also endangers threatened species of duck. Even though the governments say it’s not allowed, it still happens. Such as the threatened Freckled Duck, my newest species of duck I’ve seen, is still killed.

Freckled Duck

Duck shooter numbers have decreased  from 95,000 in 1986 to around 20,000 in 2010/11. It’s time to make that number zero!

See this video:

Send a message to these governments to end the unnecessary slaughter of ducks:

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/duck-shooting/

If you live outside Australia don’t think that duck shooting isn’t as bad as here. Take action for ducks everywhere!

Remember,

Big Guns…..Little Ducks!

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