Help End Duck Shooting Forever

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.

1 URGENT: Write to the Ministers

Write to the following Ministers. If you need some inspiration see our petition to ban duck shooting, but please use your own words:

Premier Daniel Andrews:
daniel.andrews@parliament.vic.gov.au
Minister for Environment – Lily D’Ambrosio:
lily.d’ambrosio@parliament.vic.gov.au
Minister for Agriculture – Jaclyn Symes:
jaclyn.symes@parliament.vic.gov.au

2 Change your facebook profile picture

Show your support for an end to duck shooting by temporarily updating your Facebook profile picture with the overlay It’s Time – Ban Duck Shooting with the following description:

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.

1) write to your minister and tell them duck shooting is wrong and has no place in a modern and compassionate society

2) set your profile picture to ALV’s end duck shooting frame (and add this caption): https://www.facebook.com/profilepicframes/?selected_overlay_id=3183962858295541

3) Tag 5 friends to do the same!

Please visit www.alv.org.au/ducks to take immediate action for the ducks

3 Sign the petition

Please join over 50,000 others in taking a stand against the cruel cowardly violence of duck hunting – sign our petition to finally ban this bloodsport.

1986 March
1986 March

The first duck rescue


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.

1986 April
1986 April

Opening weekend report – Animal Liberation magazine

Report on the first duck rescue opening, from Animal Liberation Magazine, April-June 1986.

1987 February
1987 February

Submission opposing duck hunting

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.

1987 March
1987 March

Carnage

Some of the dead birds gathered after the 1987 duck season opening, including rare freckled ducks.

1987 April
1987 April

Duck Slaughter

A report on the 1987 duck shooting season by Bethany Aldridge in Animal Liberation Magazine

1988 April
1988 April

The last duck season…

Report on the 1988 duck season by Patty Mark in Animal Liberation Magazine

1990 July
1990 July

Duck rescue expands

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.

Report on the 1990 duck rescue in Animal Liberation magazine.
1990
1990

Duck shooting outlawed in West Australia

“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)

1991 March
1991 March

Protest outside Treasury Place

Laurie Levy, who has tirelessly run the duck campaign since 1986, outside Treasury Place the Monday after duck opening, showing all the dead protected species collected on the opening weekend.
1992 April
1992 April

An endangered species – Duck season report 1992

1993 March
1993 March

A dying activity

“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

Laurie Levy holding some of the victims of the 93 season. Hunter numbers were down to an all time low yet a record number of protected water birds were killed. Victorian figures – 991 illegally shot protected species including 286 rare and endangered freckled duck.
1994 February
1994 February

Sitting ducks

The Age newspaper strongly renews its editorial call for a ban on duck shooting

1995
1995

Duck shooting outlawed in New South Wales by Bob Carr (ALP)

The NSW Government, under Premier Bob Carr (ALP) bans recreational duck shooting.

1997 March
1997 March

Hunter violence

Violence from hunters towards rescuers has been a common occurrence. This hunter who had been drinking is pictured here trying to attack a rescuer with a shovel. The nearby Animal Liberation Victoria rescue van had three flat tyres after shooters let the air out. Photo: Patty Mark
1997 March
1997 March

Swan with shattered wing

This swan in the back of the ALV rescue van was blasted out of the sky at the Kerang wetland top marsh. The swan’s injuries were too severe and they had to be later euthanased.
1998 March
1998 March

Scenes from the opening

Photos by Julia Anthonis from the 1998 duck season opening.

1999-2019
1999-2019

Under construction August 17, 2019

2006
2006

Duck shooting outlawed in Queensland

“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

2011 March
2011 March

Slaughter of the innocent

It is hard to understand how anyone could take pleasure in wounding, maiming and killing gentle birds.
2012 March
2012 March

A new endangered species

Posters spotted on petrol bowsers around the wetlands during opening weekend.
2014 March
2014 March

Cruel cowardly violence

A hunter pulled this young duck’s head off while still alive and threw it at one of our animal rescuers. It’s time to take a stand against this cruel cowardly violence.
2014 March
2014 March

Senseless death

This chestnut teal was found by our rescue teams early Saturday morning, she had been blasted out of the sky and left unclaimed floating on open waters. We do not know how she died, but many birds are not killed instantly during duck season, they are carelessly left on the water, or disappear into reeds, and die agonising, long and painful deaths from shot gun pellet wounds, shock and drowning.
2014 March
2014 March

Hunters “respect” animals

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.

This hunter found it amusing to taunt ALV rescuers by biting into the neck of a duck he had killed, and then posing with the corpse hanging in his mouth.
2015 March
2015 March

Duck shooters call police

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

2017 March
2017 March

Rare, endangered and dead

Our duck rescue coordinator after a traumatic opening day on the wetlands, holding a dead freckled duck who was abandoned in the water by a shooter who no doubt realised he had killed a rare and protected species.
2017 March
2017 March

Last moments

Our duck rescue team discovered this dying swan on opening weekend. Hunters had set up next to her, not to help but to use the dying bird as a living decoy, attracting more birds to the area that they could blast out of the sky. We intervened and carried the swan to our vet nurse, who eased her final moments with pain relief.
2019 August
2019 August

It’s time.

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.