A pro-hunting forum planned for Bendigo has been deferred after the State Government backed away from introducing a duck and quail hunting ban this week.
The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria Gaelle Broad said the move was a win for common sense.
“Considering recent developments, the Pro Hunting Forum planned for this weekend has been deferred, although it’s clear that the ideological fight is not over,” Ms Broad said.
“Any ban on duck and quail hunting in Victoria would have been based on emotion and political ideology, not sound science.”
Ms Broad said the Nationals had campaigned against a biased and stacked inquiry supported by Labor, the Greens and the Animal Justice Party, which recommended the end of duck harvesting in Victoria.
“Fortunately, common sense has prevailed, and the State Government has recognised recreational shooting as a legitimate pursuit. The 2024 season will run from 10th April until 5th June.
“However, the Government’s six bird bag limit and enforcement of 8am starts ignores the science and evidence and is out of step with the Game Management Authority recommendations.
“The Nationals remain committed to the cause and will continue our efforts to ensure the sustainability of duck harvesting and traditional outdoor activities in Victoria.
“Hunting, like fishing is a legitimate and sustainable outdoor activity that harvests food from nature, and delivers significant social, environmental, and economic benefits across regional Victoria,” Ms Broad said.
“The continued season is a win for those who have campaigned in a respectful manner for bird harvesting in Victoria including hunters, conservationists and families.”
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