Last week, the Australian state of Victoria announced that it will permit a new duck shooting season. The Animal Justice Party (AJP) recently won its first seat in the Upper House of Victoria and now wishes to use that political influence to immediately put an end to the cruel hunting of ducks. Andy Meddick, recently elected AJP representative in the Upper House: “The government again chooses the interests of hunters and leaves thousands of threatened birds to suffer. As the first people’s representative on behalf of the AJP in Victoria, I will be determined more than ever to stop duck hunting.”
AJP campaign against duck hunting
The Australian wetlands in Victoria – a collection of swamps, lakes and islets – are known as an oasis of rest and a bird’s paradise. But every year the peace is disrupted by duck hunting. Ducks are increasingly threatened by climate change and water exhaustion due to agriculture. The annual duck hunting is making it even more difficult for birds. Duck hunting was already banned in three other Australian states, but the state of Victoria maintained it under the pretext of tradition. However, figures show that only 0.4% of the population still participates in duck hunting and that the vast majority of the population wants hunting to be banned.
Andy Meddick, recently elected as representative of the Animal Justice Party (AJP) in the Victorian Upper House is now launching the attack against the government’s decision: “I am beyond appalled with this decision. Overwhelmingly the majority of Victorians want to see an end to this cruel, so-called “sport”. Endangered species are shot and killed and it creates environmental damage on a massive scale. Calling a duck shooting season under drought conditions is an irresponsible and reckless move. I promise to do everything in my power to hold the government to account and like every other year I will join rescue teams on the wetlands for the opening weekend of the shooting season and throughout the season.”
Hunting supervision under the influence of the hunting lobby
Protesters in front of the office of Victoria’s prime minister with some discarded items and victims of the 2018 duck hunting.
Thousands of ducks are shot dead every year. An estimated average of 50,000 birds are wounded every year and have to suffer for days before they die. A damning report from 2018 showed that hunters frequently break the law, but that the Game Management Authority, the responsible supervisor, fails to do something about it. The supervisor does not only lack an effective overview and means, but they also have a conflict of interests: the supervisor has close connections with the hunting lobby. Wetlands are destroyed and hunting laws are breached.
Meddick: “The Pegasus report showed that GMA is far too close and far too comfy with the hunting lobby. GMA must be disbanded and the government must ban duck hunting in Victoria.“