Gippsland › Latest news › Danny O'Brien MP

Andrews Labor government condemned for political duck hunting decision ignoring science

Andrews Labor government ignored science, made political decisions on duck hunting; insulted law-abiding hunters without new evidence.

By news@gippsland - 8th March 2023 - Back to News

The Andrews Labor government stands condemned for its announcements around duck season this year, a blatant political decision that ignores evidence and science. Never again can we take this government seriously when it says it is acting on the best science; it will always put politics first.

There's no new evidence that would justifies Labor government's decision based on poor behaviour that insults hunters

There's no new evidence that would justifies Labor government's decision based on poor behaviour that insults hunters

Insult to hunters

The decision is based apparently on 'a more precautionary approach' and 'poor behaviour by some hunters' and is an insult to the vast majority of law-abiding hunters. The government's own figures showed 99.9 per cent compliance on bag limits last season.

There is no new evidence to justify a decision like this, especially when environmental conditions for duck breeding and habitat are among the best we have seen for decades. I am not a hunter myself, so why they do it is perhaps better described by a fifth-generation hunter from Gippsland, who puts it this way.

Condemned for the decision

Duck hunting, despite what the media and government would make you believe, is not about a lust to kill or piles of dead ducks. It's about family, friends, relationships, boat rides in the dark, sunrises, sunsets, laughs.

It's about camp fires, wet dogs, muddy boots, smelly cars, Two stroke exhausts and a beer here and there. Duck hunting is about conservation and time spent in the field watching, listening and lots of waiting.

Many of those opposed to duck season do not want hunting of any sort and ultimately no human use of animals at all. Labor should understand this. The Labor government stands condemned for this anti-science decision.

Pictures from Victorian Duck Hunters Association Facebook page.


Published by:

Edit this news article

Baw Baw Bass Coast Cardinia East Gippsland Latrobe City South Gippsland Wellington
© 2001-2024 Print this page | Subscribe to Newsletter | Feedback / Inquiries | Login
Care has been taken in compiling the component parts of this website. However, does not warrant or represent that the website is free from errors or omissions, that the qualifications claimed by an advertiser are valid or that the published details of any advertiser are as stated on the website. Please review the full statement of our Terms and Conditions of Service and disclaimer.