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The RSPCA says South Australians should take aim at the State Government for allowing thousands of birds to be killed in the name of sport.

This Saturday, March 3, marks the start of the 2012 duck shooting season.

Hunters will each be allowed to bag 12 ducks per day, and in the South East, 25 quail.

“This is a dark day for wildlife in this State,” RSPCA (SA) CEO Neale Sutton said.

“While many birds will be killed instantly as they flee for their lives, others will be even less fortunate.

“The method of killing guarantees a significant number will be maimed and endure a slow and painful death.”

The RSPCA wants to know how many rangers will be enforcing the Government’s “restrictions”.

“The only way to ensure the welfare of these animals is to ban this cruel practice,” Mr Sutton said.

“The Government needs to stop condoning this suffering. It has no place in a civilised society.”

The RSPCA is calling on South Australians to help end the slaughter by contacting the Premier,

Jay Weatherill, or the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Paul Caica.

Mr Sutton says the decision to allow duck hunting to go ahead doesn’t add up.

“There are only 570 South Australians who are registered shooters. Yet the Government is prepared to ignore widespread concerns that this is unacceptable.

“South Australia and Victoria are the only states still indulging this so-called sport.

“The Government needs to listen and end the carnage.”

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