Mass slaughter is not a sport
Birds feel pain, stress and fear as much as humans and other animals. The suffering caused by recreational duck shooting is unacceptable.
Many ducks and other birds are killed for no reason except a gruesome and outdated sense of what is ‘fun'.
Social standards change over time and duck shooting is no longer acceptable entertainment. There are many ways to enjoy New Zealand's natural areas that do not require ending the life of the animals that live in them.
Research overseas undertaken in identical conditions to New Zealand has shown that duck shooting causes unacceptable levels of suffering. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided an estimated wounding loss rate of 25%, after combining the reports of hunters and trained observers.
Another study from Australia estimates wounding rate to be as high as 40- 50%.
SAFE believes it is our responsibility to treat animals humanely. The shotgun shooting of ducks inherently causes suffering.
Shotguns fire hundreds of tiny metal pellets that spread out in the air. This leads to high injury rates as animals accompanying a targeted animal can also be hit. If the ducks fly slightly out of range they can still be hit by pellets but without enough force to kill them.
SAFE is very concerned that despite the clear link between animal abuse and domestic violence, children are being actively encouraged to take up this blood sport and being taught that it is acceptable to kill for no other reason than fun.
SAFE regards as irresponsible the example duck shooting sets for children, from the use of firearms through to the treatment of animals.
While children have a natural affinity and love for animals of all kinds, duck shooting teaches that violent acts are positive and that mistreatment of animals is acceptable.