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Lets help Protect the Animals #3 May 01, 2005 6:26 PM

Message: APPEAL TO THE UNITED NATIONS FOR AN ANIMAL RIGHTS BILL -

ASIAN DOGS AND CATS AND OUR DOMESTIC ANIMALS GO THROUGH MANY DEATHS WHEN IT COMES TIME FOR THEM TO BE SLAUGHTERED. THEY DIE A LITTLE BIT AT A TIME.
THEIR FEAR IS REAL AND IT IS TIME THIS BARBARIC ACT AND METHOD OF KILLING IS STOPPED...PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION, WHICH WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE UNITED NATIONS WITH AN ACCOMPANYING LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD OLYMPIC COMMITTEE.


http://www.petitiononline.com/EARLE/petition.html


THANK YOU!

Máire, aka

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 May 01, 2005 6:29 PM

A couple of days before Christmas 2004, Environment Minister John Thwaites, pandering to a small minority of vocal duck shooters, called a recreational duck shooting season in 2005. He ignored the recommendation of his own scientists and Dr. Richard Kingsford from NSW Parks & Wildlife (who conducts the annual aerial surveys of waterbird numbers across eastern Australia) and who announced this year that waterbird numbers are at the lowest ever recorded.

The 'ALP Members Opposed to Duck Shooting' buzzed the wetlands in the Colac and Ballarat area in a light aircraft in the lead up to the opening and conducted an intensive media campaign calling on the Bracks Government to permanently ban the recreational shooting of native waterbirds.

On the opening morning a Coalition Against Duck Shooting team patrolled the Gippsland lakes where there were very few birds, but the main force of rescuers and wildlife carers rallied at Kerang. Many Kerang wetlands were dry or closed to shooting, but Hird and McDonald's Swamps had both been artificially filled and both carried large numbers of birds taking refuge from the drought. Most shooters in the area were camped at McDonald's swamp, so the Coalition Against Duck Shooting attended this wetland on the opening morning. The 120 strong team of rescuers and wildlife carers outnumbered the 70 odd shooters on this swamp.

In the inky blackness of pre-dawn the rescuers entered the water to move birds away before shooting began at 7.20 a.m. But many shots rang out prior to the legal starting time.

The on-site veterinary clinics played major roles during the weekend. Forty dead or wounded birds brought in by rescuers over the weekend included a protected swallow, two swans, an Australasian grebe, two great crested grebes, a tern and a coot as well as illegally discarded grey teals, black pacific and mountain ducks. Three tiny ducklings were caught and given a chance at life after their mother had been shot. Seven more ducklings from the same family disappeared into the reeds and could not be located. An abandoned dog was also taken into care.

Some rescuers were approached and threatened by shooters with heavy foreign accents. In attempts to intimidate and deafen rescuers, cartridges were maliciously discharged into the air close to rescuers' ears.

A serious incident occurred when an angry shooter pointed a gun directly at rescuer Noah Hannibal. Noah courageously managed to photograph the incident. This powerful picture was sent to all Labor Party MPs and to ALP members by the ALP Members Opposed to Duck Shooting (ALP MoD. The photo was also forwarded to Liberal Party MPs by the Ballarat Organisation for Animal Rights. The shooter will most likely be prosecuted by police.

Hird Swamp was patrolled later in the morning but very few shooters were found.

Overall, the anticipated numbers of shooters did not eventuate and it was a very quiet opening weekend with few, if any shooters achieving the bag limit of 5 (plus an extra 5 wood ducks for the first two days of the season). The rescue team did a magnificent job moving many birds away before shooting started and then finding the wounded and dead birds. As ever, professional expertise and care was immediately available from the dedicated veterinarians and wildlife carers and the delicious lakeside catering was very much appreciated, as was the portable toilet.

On behalf of our beautiful native waterbirds, many thanks to everyone involved in this opening weekend, some of whom came from Queensland, NSW and ACT.

Radio, newspaper and TV media coverage was extensive.

Wildlife officers described the opening of the duck season in Gippsland as the worst they had ever seen. Fourteen hunters will face court. But across Victoria, more than 50 shooters will be charged for using lead shot, shooting protected species, shooting before the opening time and for shooting on private property without permission.


Illegally shot protected species from past seasons
http://www.goldlinksweb.com/boar/duckresc.html

The only reason native Australian birds are killed is because hunters derive pleasure from their destruction. There is no scientific reason for the killing, it is not a cull, they are not pests, they are not in plague proportions, and no one in Australia needs to hunt in order to survive.
Official aerial surveys across Eastern Australia are conducted annually to determine bird numbers. The current survey shows that 'game' bird numbers are at the lowest on record. Loss of habitat, the ongoing seven-year drought, natural catastrophes (bushfires) and hunting, all contribute to this situation.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment do not have the resource and staff numbers to adequately patrol and regulate hunters.

Many birds are left wounded and subsequently die painful, lingering deaths. RSPCA research has shown that for every bird killed, one is injured or maimed.


Duck shooting is a cruel, unethical and unnecessary relic from a bygone age. Despite hunter numbers dropping to an all time low, politicians refuse to ban shooting for fear of losing votes in marginal country electorates.

Please help stop this barbaric practice and join the Coalition Against Duck Shooting rescue team.

Anyone wishing to help rescue Australia's native waterbirds, which are being killed and wounded for the recreational enjoyment of a few shooters, should contact BOAR on 0414816508 or the Coalit
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 May 01, 2005 6:31 PM

Coalition Against Duck Shooting Campaign Director, Laurie Levy, and the euthanazed swan

As usual, rescuers came from all over Australia - some flying down from Cairns and Sydney. They sacrificed their weekend and money, drove for hours, were lucky to grab a couple of hours sleep, trudged around in the stinking cold sludge, risked hearing loss, abuse from shooters, being shot at and fines. Three girls working from the mobile veterinary clinic were shot at, one sustaining a grazed leg. Another couple was peppered across the back with shot after walking past a shooter's camp.

Lake Murphy at Kerang was closed to shooting due to flocks of Freckled ducks. Hunters tore down the DNRE 'closed' signs but the Coalition Against Duck Shooting ensured more were erected.

Elsewhere around the State, there were very few shooters at Lake Cairn Curren and around Colac although seven dead Freckled ducks were found by the DNRE at Lake Martin. One shooter had his gun confiscated for killing a Freckled duck and will appear in court later this month.

Even fewer shooters were active during the Easter break. The Coalition Against Duck Shooting patrolled several wetlands in Gippsland including Jack Smith where one hunter fired above rescuers heads and others threatened female rescuers with rape. Only two shooters were present on Victoria Lagoon but soon disappeared when rescuers arrived. Other rescuers over near Ararat on Lake Buninjon reported only five shooters active on Good Friday morning. Near Geelong, the Coalition saw no shooters on Lakes Murdeduke, Martin or Modewarre and on Easter Sunday there were no shooters on Lake Leaghur near Kerang.

Altogether it was an extremely quiet opening of the shooting season with low 'game' bird numbers on every wetland observed and very few shooters.


****DUCK RESCUE VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED IN VICTORIA FOR THE SHOOTING SEASON WHICH ENDS JUNE 13, 2005.****


On behalf of the innocent birds - we will soldier on. Unfortunately they still desperately need your help. Please contact 0414 816 509 or email boar02@yahoo.com.au if you can help rescue birds during any weekend up to and including May 16, when the shooting season closes.

Native waterbirds need your help. Please join the rescue team. Phone 0414 816 509.

Opening of the Victorian Recreational Duck Shooting season – March 19, 2005.

http://www.goldlinksweb.com/boar/duckresc.html


A couple of days before Christmas 2004, Environment Minister John Thwaites, pandering to a small minority of vocal duck shooters, called a recreational duck shooting season in 2005. He ignored the recommendation of his own scientists and Dr. Richard Kingsford from NSW Parks & Wildlife (who conducts the annual aerial surveys of waterbird numbers across eastern Australia) and who announced this year that waterbird numbers are at the lowest ever recorded.

The 'ALP Members Opposed to Duck Shooting' buzzed the wetlands in the Colac and Ballarat area in a light aircraft in the lead up to the opening and conducted an intensive media campaign calling on the Bracks Government to permanently ban the recreational shooting of native waterbirds.

On the opening morning a Coalition Against Duck Shooting team patrolled the Gippsland lakes where there were very few birds, but the main force of rescuers and wildlife carers rallied at Kerang. Many Kerang wetlands were dry or closed to shooting, but Hird and McDonald's Swamps had both been artificially filled and both carried large numbers of birds taking refuge from the drought. Most shooters in the area were camped at McDonald's swamp, so the Coalition Against Duck Shooting attended this wetland on the opening morning. The 120 strong team of rescuers and wildlife carers outnumbered the 70 odd shooters on this swamp.

In the inky blackness of pre-dawn the rescuers entered the water to move birds away before shooting began at 7.20 a.m. But many shots rang out prior to the legal starting time.

The on-site veterinary clinics played major roles during the weekend. Forty dead or wounded birds brought in by rescuers over the weekend included a protected swallow, two swans, an Australasian grebe, two great crested grebes, a tern and a coot as well as illegally discarded grey teals, black pacific and mountain ducks. Three tiny ducklings were caught and given a chance at life after their mother had been shot. Seven more ducklings from the same family disappeared into the reeds and could not be located. An abandoned dog was also taken into care.

Some rescuers were approached and threatened by shooters with heavy foreign accents. In attempts to intimidate and deafen rescuers, cartridges were maliciously discharged into the air close to rescuers' ears.

A serious incident occurred when an angry shooter pointed a gun directly at rescuer Noah Hannibal. Noah courageously managed to photograph the incident. This powerful picture was sent to all Labor Party MPs and to ALP members by the ALP Members Opposed to Duck Shooting (ALP MoD. The photo was also forwarded to Liberal Party MPs by the Ballarat Organisation for Animal Rights. The shooter will most likely be prosecuted by police.

Hird Swamp was patrolled later in the morning but very few shooters were found.

Overall, the anticipated numbers of shooters did not eventuate and it was a very quiet opening weekend with few, if any shooters achieving the bag limit of 5 (plus an extra 5 wood ducks for the first two days of the season). The
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 May 01, 2005 6:33 PM

this is way to long so i skimmed it to the end

Please help stop this barbaric practice and join the Coalition Against Duck Shooting rescue team.

Anyone wishing to help rescue Australia's native waterbirds, which are being killed and wounded for the recreational enjoyment of a few shooters, should contact BOAR on 0414816508 or the Coalition Against Duck Shooting on 03/98269715, and check out

www.duck.org.au

If you are among the vast majority of civilized people who oppose duck shooting, please let the Government know. Apathy will do nothing to stop the slaughter. Write to: Premier Steve Bracks, C/- Parliament House,
Spring Street, Melbourne, 3000
     Path to You:Suzanne K.

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 May 01, 2005 6:49 PM

It will only take a minute to send a letter to Iams, asking them to stop animal testing, in support of World Week for Animals in Labratories. Use this link: http://www.iamscruelty.com/feat/worldweek/

Please spare a thought for the countless cats, dogs, mice, chicks, and rabbits languishing in Iams laboratories. These poor creatures are forced to undergo cruel, and often invasive, procedures–– none of which are required by any law .

Beneath the wholesome image of the dog- and cat-food manufacturer, a 10-month PETA undercover investigation into an Iams contract laboratory revealed a dark and sordid secret: routine neglect and misery.



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anonymous  June 06, 2007 7:36 PM

I signed the petition but when I went to send a letter to Iams,it came up website can't be found!!!Thank you!!  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
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