“Annual slaughter of native birds must stop,” says Parnell
The SA Upper House has rejected a Greens Bill to permanently ban duck hunting in South Australia.
Labor, Liberal, Family First and the 2 ‘No Pokies’ Independents all voted against the National Parks and Wildlife (Ban on Hunting Protected Animals) Bill that was introduced into the SA Parliament by Greens MLC Mark Parnell.
“I was desperately hoping this year’s open hunting season would be the last one ever in South Australia,” said Greens MLC Mark Parnell.
“There is simply no reason for our native birds to be shot out of the sky for sport. The killing and maiming of native birds is indefensible and has no place in a compassionate society.
“South Australia is one of the last places in Australia to allow the recreational shooting of ducks. NSW, Queensland and WA have all banned it. It’s time to stop this cruel and inhumane practice here in SA once and for all,” he said.
An open duck shooting season ran in SA from March to May in 2009, after being cancelled the previous year due to low bird numbers and the poor state of bird habitat in the State’s South East.
“The decision to hold an open shooting season earlier this year was a major surprise and disappointment,” said Mr Parnell.
“Our understanding is the Government will be making a decision in February about whether to open another hunting season in 2010. Now is the time for all good hearted citizens who oppose this ‘sport’ to start campaigning, and to urgently lobby all Labor, Liberal and Family First MP’s.
“In the shadow of the March 2010 State election, we must convince them that the SA public overwhelmingly wants this annual slaughter of ducks to be stopped once and for all,” he said.
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