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20 December 2012

The State Government’s announcement that duck and quail hunting will be allowed to continue

in 2013 is extremely disappointing, the RSPCA said today.

RSPCA (SA) Media and Campaigns Manager Jennifer Salter said the practice is cruel and

outdated.

“While many birds will be killed instantly, we are particularly concerned about those that will be

left wounded,” she said.

“The method of killing is unpredictable and guarantees a significant number will suffer a slow

and painful death.

“Yet not only has the Government given the green light, it’s approved a longer duck hunting

season than allowed this year.”

Ms Salter said the RSPCA had been campaigning against duck and quail hunting for years, and

will continue to do so.

“This so called sport has no place in a civilised society,” she said.

“We need to follow the lead of other states which banned this activity years ago – QLD in 2005,

NSW in 1995 and WA more than 20 years ago.

“Independent research, commissioned by the RSPCA, confirmed there is widespread opposition

to duck and quail shooting.

“In fact, 83% of Adelaide residents surveyed said they wanted it banned, once they understood

many ducks are not killed outright.

“The RSPCA encourages concerned South Australians to contact the State Government about

this setback for animal welfare.”

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