[Eureka Street - opinion]
We're all sick of the duck shooting argument aren't we? Year after
year we see the same old television footage — a misty lake at the
crack of dawn, tough men with beards and John Deere caps living out
their Rambo fantasies on one side, and crusty-looking agitators with
beards and hemp trousers on the other; one small group of extremists
This would all be fine except that in reality the people opposing duck
hunting aren't the radicals that the media would have us believe. The
people opposed to duck hunting are you and me and most of the people
you know — in fact, according to a 2007 Roy Morgan poll, it's 87 per
cent of Victorians, a figure spread fairly evenly among supporters of
all political parties.
Perhaps the most compelling argument though is a basic one of need. Do
we really need to shoot and kill wild ducks? These birds aren't needed
for food (although some are eaten). Unlike other environmental
debates, unemployment figures will barely be influenced by the demise
of the recreational hunting industry.
In the end it comes down to the simple desire of a small number of
mainly men who get a thrill from the kill. And while they do so, we
are all paying the price for those few hours of bloodlust — humans and
Sarah McKenzie is a freelance writer and vegetarian.