Field & Game Australia has welcomed Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien’s acknowledgement of recreational duck hunting as a lawful, long-time tradition for families.
“Our position has always been duck hunting is a lawful recreational pursuit,” Mr O’Brien said yesterday.
“We’ll always listen to the experts in terms of the sustainability of the season any given year, but absolutely we (the Liberal Party) don’t support the proposal coming from the Labor Party, or the Animal Justice Party to enter.”
Mr O’Brien said farmers would be some of the “biggest losers” if the proposal was successful.
“A lot of regional towns would be some of the biggest losers (too) if Labor was to go ahead with this proposal to ban lawful recreational duck hunting,” he said.
“Whether Labor comes out and bans it or whether they try to slowly strangle the industry we’re not sure, but we’re very concerned this is something which is going to be pretty devastating to a lot of farmers and all regional communities.”
FGA chief executive Dean O’Hara said the association’s position had always been that duck hunting was sustainable.
“Our submission to the Victorian Government this year demonstrates FGA’s commitment to sustainable duck hunting and our commitment in working with governments to ensure duck hunting is a legal pursuit for Victorians not only in 2020 but for many years to come,” he said.
Mr O’Hara agreed with Mr O’Brien that all information and evidence needed to be analysed and considered.