Relaxation of Victoria’s COVID-19 laws allows for a three-week duck shooting season

Coalition Against Duck Shooting

Media Release Friday, 15 May 2020

Duck shooters play Russian roulette by consuming PFAS contaminated native waterbirds
CADS rescue team will assist wounded birds at Hospital Swamp,

Lake Connewarre Geelong, while complying with all of Victoria’s strict coronavirus laws

(Saturday 16 May 2020 – 8am starting time)

The Coalition Against Duck Shooting’s campaign director Laurie Levy today said: “Despite Victoria’s catastrophic bushfires, the COVID-19 pandemic and native waterbird numbers declining by 90 per cent, the Victorian Government is still allowing a recreational duck shooting season to go ahead.”

“Native waterbirds need our help. The violence and cruelty that duck shooters inflict on Australia’s native birds must not be tolerated,” Levy said.

“Duck shooters are also playing Russian roulette with their health and the health of their families, as shooters have absolutely no idea whether the bird that they shoot has been contaminated by toxic PFAS,” Levy added.

“For the last few years, Field & Game Australia (FGA) has ignored warnings from the Environment Protection Authority that birds tested on its private wetlands at Heart Morass, near Sale, and at other wetlands across the state, including Hospital Swamp, could be toxic for human consumption.”

(Lake Connewarre, Hospital Swamp, Hospital Swamp Road (off Lakes Rd) Connewarre – 8am start)

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