Is the killing of ducks acceptable?
A LETTER from Peter Walsh (Free Press 21/3) supports duck shooters.
The letter is signed off Member For Murray Plains.
Clearly this is a policy announcement. A policy announcement using the letters columns of our local newspaper creates a reasonable expectation that reader’s questions relating to that announcement will be answered.
An Age newspaper letter (20/3) states “one opening morning my retrievers collected over 50 injured and dying ducks in a wetland adjacent to the main hunting area. I defy any shooter to aim and kill a fast flying waterfowl in often low light and sometimes poor visibility due to mist or rain. I was an accomplished shooter but I could never achieve a 100 per cent kill every time I raised my gun to the sky. The result is every season thousands of waterfowl are left to endure a lingering and painful death’’.
A recognised definition of animal cruelty lists “a killing of an animal in an inhumane manner’’.
My question to Peter Walsh: the wounded ducks left to die in the wetlands. Does he consider this acceptable? Does he deny these ducks have been killed in an inhumane manner?
Gerald Bleasdale, Kyabram