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Good news for ducks and wildlife rescuers from Melbourne Magistrates' court

Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and the Department of Primary Industries' (DPI) court cases against five duck rescuers falls apart. Rescuers found guilty of only one of five charges. Magistrate refuses to award the $18,000 court costs because of DSE wildlife heavy handedness in arresting rescuers final weekend last years' duck-shooting season and criticizes wildlife officers for refusing warmth to rescuer. Magistrate says legal for rescuers to be on the water, expresses surprise that DSE did not provide care for injured birds at the wetlands - that it was left to duck rescuers to do this. No rescuers convicted or fined. No court costs. Rescuers good behaviour bonds until October this year.

Kangaroos and ducks flying in fright in Victoria


Not only are ducks fleeing and flying away in fright, but kangaroos are flying into fences as shooters from the DSE are targeting them to "control" wildlife in Whittlesea, Victoria. Our wetlands or suburbs are not safe for our gentle and iconic native animals.

Incredibly, Premier John Brumby has announced another duck shooting season for Victoria!


(Grey Teal - a "game" target)
The Government says conditions have improved in parts of Victoria and game ducks can be hunted sustainably. Hunters would be permitted to increase their take from last year's two per bag to five. Acting Minister for Environment and Climate Change Tim Holding said the compromise struck a balance between ensuring sustainable duck numbers and the interests of hunters.

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