UNLOADING ON DUCK HUNTERS
Last week there were plenty of outrage merchants around who suggested that an airborne Vegemite sandwich should be the subject of police investigation and that charges should be laid.
“We need an apology…disrespectful thugs… community service sentences are needed…where’s the respect…my father was in the army!!… where are the authorities?”
On and on it went…
Well, today I’m calling for just that- respect, an apology and it’s about time the Victoria Police began laying charges against the mouth breathing thugs who descended on a Victorian wetland and shot the shit out of 800 ducks, many of them protected, and then just left them to rot in the water.Picture via Coalition Against Duck Shooting.
It’s reported that up to 150 hunters descended on Box Flat, near Boort this March during Victorian duck hunting season and went on a killing spree that broke a number of state laws.
According to details only now released by Game Victoria to Fairfax : “The compliance officers and police did no shoreline inspections on the Saturday. It was only when they visited on Sunday morning that they found the first of 147 dead freckled ducks, a rare species protected by Victorian law. The official tally, released to Fairfax Media by Game Victoria, included 561 pink-eared ducks and 136 grey teal ducks that hunters can legally shoot but illegally left behind.”
Well, someone knows who these bastards are!
It’s not enough for Game Victoria to be “embarrassed” and “appalled” by the indiscriminate slaughter. Word is that this new outfit – set up by Victorian Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh – has connections with the hunting lobby groups, Field and Game Victoria and the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia.
What happened was unlawful. Where then, are the Victoria police? We’re told they’re on the job – how is the investigation going? Why isn’t their progress or otherwise being made public?
Above and beyond whether you think duck hunting should be sanctioned at all (and I don’t), this is a law enforcement issue. Are some Australians above the law?
Why isn’t there a dead duck flying squad with back up from forensic experts to take tyre imprints and ballistic tests; to question local business owners and land owners and then round up the culprits who have BROKEN THE LAW? How long will we wait for results?
Long time anti-duck hunting campaigner, Laurie Levy has called for the head of Game Victoria, Simon Troop to be sacked. Apparently he rejects that call. How is he able to fend off any responsibility for what happened?
Other pinheads in the shooting fraternity have suggested that it would have been protesters who shot the ducks themselves to “bring the shooters into disrepute”.
If that was indeed their cunning plan (as if), it worked!
Protestors from Coalition Against Duck Shooting confront hunters.Picture: Emanuele Colombo
Right now, the entire shooting fraternity is in disrepute.
I am one of many thousands of very angry Australians who is looking at all shooters and telling them, if they don’t want to be tarred with the same brush as these irresponsible idiots, they should come forward now and “dob in a mate”. Help the police with their inquiries.
I have friends who hunt feral pigs and foxes. C’mon fellas, you say you’re for the environment, show some backbone and help round up this rogue element who are dragging your fraternity through the mud. Surely you would at least agree that to shoot ducks and not even bother to take them home for the table is criminal.
Writing in the Independent Australian, bird lover Andrew Stafford documented the 915 waterfowl that were also killed this year in the opening weekend, many of them taking days to die.
“If an event such as this does not immediately call into question duck hunting’s future in Victoria, then the quaint notion of behaving “ethically” while killing wild birds may as well be struck out now, exposed as an absurdity and an oxymoron.
This was not a hunt. This was a free-for-all,” he said.
As NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell pushes ahead with his harebrained plan to introduce hunting into National Parks, he should be urging his counterpart Premier Denis Napthine to clean up this stinking mess.
In the meantime, ducky, stick your confected outrage over a Vegemite sanger up your freckle!
PS: On the subject of recreational shooting in NSW Parks – here’s Tara Moss.