RSPCA Victoria attacks ‘legalised cruelty’ of duck shooting

RSPCA adAnimal protection charity RSPCA has launched a campaign to oppose duck shooting as the hunting season gets under way in Victoria.

A print ad featuring a young boy holding a rifle asks ‘What’s wrong with this picture?’. It claims that the government is encouraging kids as young as 12 to fire guns at wildlife without testing and with fee-free licencing.

The campaign, which ran in The Age on Saturday, breaks as protesters say they will disrupt shooters and rescue hurt birds as the 12-week hunting season begins.

On the day the campaign launched, The Age is reporting that a 10 year-old boy shot a man in the leg while hunting ducks.

The ad reads: “The Victorian duck shooting season is a 12-week massacre of our native waterbirds, many facing a slow, painful death.”

The campaign directs readers to RSPCA Victoria’s website, where visitors are encouraged to pressure the government to end duck shooting.

RSPCA Victoria campaign


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