The NSW Labor ‘Opposition’ has today voted with the Coalition and Shooters to support a government regulation that allows for night time duck hunting. Hunters will now be able to shoot ducks and other native game birds at night, with only verbal permission required.
Greens MP David Shoebridge moved a disallowance motion and despite the inherent animal cruelty associated with duck hunting, only the Greens and the Animal Justice Party supported the motion.
In the last five years more than 200,000 native ducks were reportedly killed by hunters. This doesn’t include the 1 in 4 ducks shot during daytime duck-hunting that are wounded and left to suffer a slow and painful death.
Greens MP and Firearms Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:
“Duck hunting is already inherently cruel during daylight hours, and this will only increase with ducks being hunted at night.
“Given that Labor opposed abolishing the Game Council in 2013, we should hardly be surprised that they have again bowed to the gun lobby and failed to stand up for animal welfare.
“The industrial scale killing of these ducks is said to be for the protection of rice crops but many of the ducks that are being killed don’t even eat rice and their killing is only done for so-called sport.
“Rather than simply signing off year after year on this industrial scale killing of native birds, the government should be focusing research into viable non-lethal control methods.
“Beautiful native birds such as the freckled duck and the blue-billed duck should be protected.
“Instead we have a government and a so-called Opposition that flap and squawk whenever they are told to by the gun lobby.” Mr Shoebridge said.