Shhh, don’t tell them but – April Fool’s!
Sorry, we are not really putting jackets on ducks to protect them.
Our April Fool’s trick on duck hunters might be amusing, but what is not funny is the thousands of ducks shot and injured every year on our waterways.
In just a few short weeks the bloodshed will begin. You can help.
Ducks are not listed as pests by the Department of Conservation!
Did you know every year hunters are careful to conserve numbers so they have ducks to kill the following season? Often shooters are told to reduce their ‘bag limits’! What is it really about? Sadly: fun. The opening weekend of the duck hunting season (this year 2nd May) sees thousands of people go out on our waterways with their friends, to blast wildlife out of the skies.
Conservative estimates from overseas say that along with ducks being killed, there is an estimated wounding rate of 25% (figures reached by combining the reports of hunters and trained observers). This means that, in New Zealand, up to 250,000 ducks may be left to die a lingering, painful death.
Lead shot loopholes
Lead shot slowly poisons any birds that eat it, including native waterfowl who mistake the pellets for grit. The use of lead shot is banned, but only in 10 or 12-gauge shotguns so for others (for example 16, 20 and 28-gauge shotguns) a loophole allows lead shot to be used. Sales of these other shotguns are believed to have gone up in New Zealand so hunters can continue to use lead.
We want duck shooting banned, but to start with we are calling for the Government to ban ALL use of lead shot. Send a message now.
1 April 2017