Drought in Australia shortens duck hunting season
Tasmania's duck shooting season opened last month, but
will be shortened by two weeks (due to finish on June 11) because of the
According to Laurie Levy, campaign director at Freycinet National Park,
there has been very little shooting and some of the estimated hunters have
packed up and gone home, as there were not many ducks around.
The Tasmanian Government has been warned that water bird numbers were
dangerously low right down the east coast of Australia and there shouldn't have
been a season in Tasmania. The Coalition Against Duck Shooting activists arrived
at Moulting Lagoon, and park officials had were prepared for battle in the
coalition's annual campaign to disrupt the shooters and save the ducks; but
birds are in such short supply that there's been none of the usual clashes
between wildlife activists and hunters.
Tasmania is the only state in Australia allowing duck shooting this year.
Victoria and South Australia have called a moratorium on duck shooting this
season, while the sport is permanently banned in New South Wales and
The Coalition Against Duck
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