The Greens have expressed disgust that the Weatherill Labor Government has approved the 2017 Duck and Quail Hunting Open Season to commence today. Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Tammy Franks this morning will join the RSPCA and other animal welfare groups on the steps of state Parliament at a rally to call for a permanent ban to this cruelty.
Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson, Tammy Franks MLC, says: “Duck hunting is a relic of our past that should stay there. It is recreational cruelty. And if people want to shoot things out of the sky I’d suggest a clay pigeon that doesn’t die a slow lingering death as a result of their recreation.
“Duck shooters use spray pellets – which can often harm or maim birds without killing them. When shot, the ‘lucky ducks’ are in fact those that die quickly, but many less ‘lucky’ birds, not just ducks, often are collateral damage and die a slow, painful and prolonged death over several hours or even days.
“For these animals, it’s not quick, it’s not painless, so it is cruelty. Under section 13 of the Animal Welfare Act, it is illegal to ill-treat an animal. A person ‘ill-treats’ an animal if the person kills the animal in a manner that causes the animal unnecessary pain or unless the animal is unconscious, kills the animal by a method that does not cause death to occur as rapidly as possible,” Ms Franks concluded.
WHAT: A Rally to Ban Duck Hunting in South Australia
WHEN: 10:30 for 11:00 am start Saturday, February 18, 2017
WHERE: SA Parliament House Steps, North terrace, Adelaide
SPEAKERS: Tammy Franks, Greens MLC, Dr Rebekah Eyers, RSPCA SA, Suzanne Pope, Animal Justice Party SA.
BACKGROUND: The 2017 SA duck-hunting season will begin on Saturday the 18th of February 2017. While full quail hunting has been approved, duck hunting has been restricted due to unsustainable population trends of the Australasian (Blue-winged) Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis) and the Hardhead (Aythya australis).
For all other breeds, hunters will be allowed to kill 10 birds per person a day.