"Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game."
Duck shooting is indiscriminate slaughter, and can cause severe suffering to those birds not killed outright. As many as 250,000 ducks, geese and swans in New Zealand, including non-game and protected birds, could be left crippled to die a slow and lingering death during the annual shooting season on New Zealand waterways.
Every year, it is expected about one million waterfowl will be shot and killed, most of them in one day, on the opening day.
International evidence shows that between 20% and 40% of ducks and geese that are struck by shotgun pellets are never retrieved, and die lingering deaths.
- Message the Minister for a lead shot ban.
- Encourage your family or friends to not go shooting.
- If shooters are shooting in your area, keep an eye out for incidences of illegal activities (shooting birds on the water, shooting protected species, shooting while intoxicated, shooting without a licence, use of lead shot). Report any illegal hunting activities to the police.
- Respond to media reports glorifying duck shooting - write a letter to your local paper highlighting the cruelty involved.
- Feed local ducks in your area. Many ducks will take refuge in parks and inner city rivers.