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Dear Local Member,

Every autumn regional Victoria becomes a destination for certain licensed duck shooters.

You may be surprised to know they represent only half of one percent of Victoria’s population. That is around just 25,000 people who hold licenses but only about half will actually take part in the needless killing of Australia’s native ducks.

A few points I would like to make:


  • It is not okay to shoot our wildlife for pleasure. The cruelty that occurs when one in four birds is not killed outright, but wounded only to suffer an agonising death over days or even weeks is not acceptable.

  • It is not okay that other protected bird species are wounded or killed collaterally in the process.

  • It is not okay that regional towns are deprived of their share of the $94 billion tourism spend because duck shooting keeps them away.

  • It is not okay that the lives of families, pets and other wildlife living nearby are badly impacted during what goes on for 3 months. A quarter of the year!

In good conscience I cannot and do not support the ongoing sanctioning of annual duck and quail shooting seasons.

As my representative, it is with urgency that I ask for your help to convince the Labor Government, and in particular The Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas and Premier Dan Andrews, that a ban on this distasteful recreational pastime is necessary immediately.

The time for her decision about the 2022 duck-shooting season is already near, making this a matter of urgency.

I look forward to hearing from you.