As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Anti-duck hunting activists to leave dead birds at Daniel Andrews' office

Carcasses of protected birds killed during the first weekend of Victoria’s duck hunting season to be left on the premier’s doorstep

Australian Associated Press

Monday 21 March 2016 21.23 GMTLast modified on Monday 21 March 201621.24 GMT

The carcasses of protected birds gunned down during the opening weekend of Victoria’s duck hunting season will be left outside the office of the premier, Daniel Andrews, in a plea for him to stop the practice.

Six rare and endangered freckled ducks and a swan were among the dead birds collected at Lake Burrumbeet over the weekend, anti-hunting campaigner Laurie Levy says.

The RSPCA’s mobile animal hospital treated eight birds scooped from the wetlands on Saturday.

The first brought in was a protected red-necked avocet and had to be euthanised because it was in severe respiratory distress.

The rescue team outnumbered the shooters - something that showed duck hunting was a dying sport in Victoria, Levy said.

He wanted the state government to end duck hunting and said activists were planning to leave the bodies of the birds found by the rescue team outside the premier’s office at 10am on Tuesday.

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