Six fluffy ducklings have spent their day in the NSW Parliament as an upper house cross-bencher prepares to try to block hunters from shooting native ducks at night.
A regulation allowing night-time duck hunting near crops was quietly passed by the government last month.
Greens MP David Shoebridge, who plans to move a disallowance motion in the state’s upper house that would quash that regulation, said it was hard enough for bird hunters to make clean kills during daytime.
“Let’s give these little guys a safe rest at night,” he told reporters, as baby Wood ducks chirped at his side.
“One in four ducks that are shot during daytime duck-hunting are wounded and aren’t killed outright.
“They die a slow and agonising death over the days or weeks afterwards. When you’re shooting at night, when your visibility is far more restricted, the number of ducks wounded is just going to increase.”
In the last five years nearly 200,000 native ducks have been killed as a result of hunting, almost 75,000 of these were wood ducks.
The Greens will be moving a disallowance motion in the Legislative Council when Parliament resumes in November, you can stand up to protect them by asking the Government, Opposition and cross-bench to support this motion:
- Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair: firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 8574 7190
- Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Mick Veitch: email@example.com or (02) 9230 2714
- Christian Democratic Party Fred Nile: firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 9230 2478