Duck Shooting Causes Pain and Suffering
1. The duck is killed instantly.
2. The duck is wounded but is picked up by the shooter (or his dog) and killed by the shooter wringing the bird’s neck.
3. The duck is wounded, escapes, but dies a slow and painful death in the following hours or days.
4. The duck is wounded, escapes and survives with embedded pellets.
Ducks are not shot with single bullet guns, but with shotguns that fire 120 – 200 pellets at a time. Pellets spread out as they leave the gun, so the further the ducks are from the shooter, the more likely they will be hit by only one or two pellets. Chances are they will be injured, but not killed. Each season thousands of ducks suffer the pain of broken wings, beaks, legs or body wounds.
Public opinion is against duck shooting
It is still legal in South Australia.
Opinion polls consistently show that the vast majority of South Australians are opposed to recreational duck shooting, especially when they realize how many ducks are crippled by shotgun pellets. 83% want it stopped.
In contrast, 1100 South Australians held a duck shooting license in 2012, which is 0.1% of all voters.
83% versus 0.1% – why does the gun lobby have so much power? Why doesn’t the government listen to the majority?
Recreational duck shooting is NOT about pest control. It is also NOT just another way to get meat. If half the animals in a slaughterhouse escaped wounded, as happens in duck shooting, it would be shut down immediately. Duck shooting is cruel and must stop.