The Victorian Greens have called the Victorian Labor Government spineless following reports that it will increase the duck shooting bag limit from two to five.
The Greens say the move is an obvious sop to the shooting lobby and will more than double the number of innocent ducks slaughtered come duck shooting season.
Leader of the Victorian Greens, Samantha Ratnam, said it was unconscionable that the government would give shooters a free pass to double the number of ducks they slaughter when the state is in the midst of an extinction crisis.
She added that the government was blatantly ignoring the vast majority of Victorians who wanted to see duck shooting end once and for all.
The Greens have been calling for an end to duck shooting in Victoria for several years, and say that for this year’s season to go ahead in any capacity would be to guarantee the horrific deaths of thousands of waterbirds already under environmental stress.
As stated by Leader of the Victorian Greens, Samantha Ratnam MLC:
“It’s extremely disappointing to see the Victorian Labor Government cave to pressure from the shooting lobby.
“We know Victoria is in the midst of an extinction crisis and we know thousands of waterbirds are already under extreme stress, so to increase the number of ducks shooters are allowed to hunt this year is nothing short of inhumane.
“We need to end duck shooting once and for all, and recognise it for what it is: glorified animal cruelty.”