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16 February 2013

The RSPCA says the start of a lengthy duck hunting season is a bleak day for South Australia’s

native wildlife.

RSPCA (SA) Media and Campaigns Manager Jennifer Salter said from today, thousands of birds

will be killed or injured in the name of sport.

“South Australia is one of the last states to condone this cruelty,” she said.

“Duck hunting is banned in New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and the ACT.

“Not only will duck hunting go ahead in SA this year, the season will be three weeks longer than

in 2012. It’s disappointing to say the least.

“The RSPCA urges the new Environment Minister, Ian Hunter, to look at the issue with fresh

eyes, and listen to not only to our concerns, but those expressed by the wider community.”

Independent research commissioned by the RSPCA found 83 per cent of Adelaide residents

surveyed wanted duck hunting banned, once they understood many birds are not killed

outright.

The method of killing guarantees a significant number will be injured and endure a slow and

painful death.

While it is impossible to monitor, the tally could be as high as one duck wounded for every bird

killed.

“That is just unacceptable in this day,” Ms Salter said.

“The RSPCA encourages South Australians to make their voices heard by contacting the State

Government and their local MP to call for an end to duck shooting.”

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