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Question Status:  Answered

Session: 59 Parliament First Session Sitting: 2020 House: LC
QP Reference No: NP 47 Question Number: 1625

Asked By: Hayes Clifford Party: Sustainable Australia Addressed To: Agriculture
Asked Date: Feb 4, 2020

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MR HAYES — To ask the Minister for Agriculture: In relation to the Minister's answer to a Question on Notice stating that cruelty in duck shooting is being addressed: Is the Minister aware of findings by ballistics experts that at least one in four birds are not killed outright, noting that computer simulations have shown the figure could be as high as one in two, and if so, how is it possible to address animal cruelty issues.

The Government is committed to ensuring all game hunting in Victoria is conducted in a safe, responsible and sustainable manner.

The Game Management Authority (GMA) is the independent statutory authority responsible for the regulation of game hunting in Victoria.
As part of its important role, the GMA is addressing:

  • the sustainable harvest of game species;
  • the humane treatment of animals that are hunted and used in game hunting;
  • minimising any negative impacts on non-game wildlife, including protected and threatened species; and
  • the conservation of wildlife habitats.

The GMA is investigating how international jurisdictions have successfully reduced wounding rates. The
GMA continues to develop a range of educational materials to ensure effective and efficient hunting of
game birds and encourages hunters to attend practical field training to ensure they have the correct
knowledge and skills, including marksmanship, to be a responsible duck hunter.

All duck hunters are required to dispatch wounded ducks immediately on recovery. The GMA has published
new guidelines to assist hunters in the humane dispatch of downed ducks. The guidelines are available at The new guidelines were developed in consultation with animal welfare groups and
hunting organisations.

The government will not tolerate any activity contrary to its commitment to safe, responsible and
sustainable hunting by either hunters or other members of the Victorian community. I encourage hunters
and other members of the Victorian community to report any perceived illegal activity on wetlands to
either Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

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