Since the first duck rescue in 1986 ALV has been out on the wetlands saving lives, doing all we can to stop birds being blasted out of the sky. In the last 34 years duck hunter numbers have dropped significantly, as has the number of birds killed, but the slaughter still continues.
Now for the first time a bill is before state parliament to permanently ban duck shooting. There has never been a more important time than right now to let the key decision makers know that we need to finally put an end to this bloodsport. Please see our campaign timeline then scroll down to take action for ducks now.
An ALV rescue team was part of a group of around 12 rescuers who took part in the first duck rescue, working closely with tireless wetland campaigner Laurie Levy as part of the Coalition Against Duck Shooting. Pictured here are ALV founder Patty Mark and Vice President Matthew Perry, holding protected coots who had just been blasted out of the sky.
Report on the first duck rescue opening, from Animal Liberation Magazine, April-June 1986.
Prior to the 1987 Duck Opening we prepared a 30 page submission opposing duck hunting to the Senate Select Inquiry into Animal Welfare and every State Minister for Conservation (Summary of 1987 Duck Shooting Submission). We naively believed an end to duck shooting was in sight. Thirty years later the numbers of duck hunters have dropped significantly, and duck shooting has been banned in several states, but we are still fighting.
Some of the dead birds gathered after the 1987 duck season opening, including rare freckled ducks.
Report on the 1988 duck season by Patty Mark in Animal Liberation Magazine
Duck rescue started in Victoria in 1986 and the campaign has since then gathered momentum around Australia and across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand.
“There is widespread opposition throughout the community to the cruelty and environmental damage caused by shooters… Evidence from previous [WA] seasons shows that injured ducks have been left to die, protected species have been shot, and fragile wetlands have been polluted by lead and cartridges. Our community has reached a stage of enlightenment where it can no longer accept the institutionalised killing of native birds for recreation.”
—Dr Carmen Lawrence, Premier (ALP)
“100,000 shooters were on Victorian wetlands for Duck Opening in 1986 and only 11,000 in 1993. Duck shooting is a dying activity” – Laurie Levy
The NSW Government, under Premier Bob Carr (ALP) bans recreational duck shooting.
Photos by Julia Anthonis from the 1998 duck season opening.
Some of the carnage from the 2006 duck opening, including a rare freckled duck and a ‘game’ bird abandoned by shooters dying in a rescuers arms
“There will be no more duck and quail hunting in Queensland … It’s time to ban the recreational shooting of ducks and quail. This is not an appropriate activity in contemporary life in the Smart State.”
– Peter Beattie, Premier
Rescuers help police by dismantling illegally constructed hunting ‘hides’
The ALV rescue team out on the wetlands at the 2009 duck season opening.
Hunters sometimes leave behind dead and dying birds on the wetlands, so that they can shoot more birds without going over their bag limit. We found one of the birds pictured here with a large bloody headwound, when we tried to get the duck to veterinary care the bird swam into reeds where we were unable to recover them, and where they likely died a slow painful death.
A hunter at the opening of the 2013 duck season displays the severed head of a pink-eared duck who had just been blasted out of the sky. Another hunter had fired three times at the wounded bird on the water before picking him up and twisting his head off.
Also pictured are pink-eared ducks on the wetlands during opening weekend. Photos: Mick Connolly
Hunters often talk about how much respect they have for the animals they kill. This is nothing but a cruel joke. They routinely make a mockery of their victims, often just to taunt rescuers. And there is nothing respectful about hiding in bushes and killing defenceless animals.
Police were called to a Lismore lake by duck hunters who feared a confrontation with protesters on the weekend.
“Most departed from the lake not having shot a duck. I’m sure the ALV members considered it a successful day.” – Sergeant Laxton
Animal Justice Party Senator Andy Meddick introduced a bill into parliament to permanently ban duck shooting in Victoria. While this is being considered it is crucial to let your Ministers know you support the ban. Please scroll up to take this critical action to ban duck shooting. It’s time.
Write to the Premier and your local MP. If you need some inspiration see our petition to ban duck shooting, but please use your own words:
Premier Daniel Andrews:
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For the first time ever a bill is before state parliament to permanently ban duck shooting in Victoria. There has never been a more important time than right NOW to let the key decision makers know that we need to finally put an end to this bloodsport.
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