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The RSPCA is disappointed the State Government is once again allowing the cruel practice of duck and quail hunting to go ahead.

The Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Paul Caica, has announced the duck and quail hunting seasons will both begin next month.

Hunters will be allowed to bag 12 ducks or 25 quail per day.

RSPCA (SA) CEO Neale Sutton said thousands of birds will be killed or injured in the name of sport.

“It’s not just the senseless deaths that the RSPCA finds so appalling,” he said.

“The brutal process of firing dozens of steel pellets into a flock of birds can leave countless others with horrific injuries.

“These birds are left to suffer a slow and painful death.

“The total disregard for these creatures is unacceptable. It is completely at odds in a civilized society.”

The RSPCA said news that the 2012 season would be “restricted” provided little comfort.

“We want to put an end to this barbaric process,” Mr Sutton said.

“It’s already been banned in Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland – and it’s about time South Australia caught up.”

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