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Life in oceans, rivers and seas
It is Autumn in the south-eastern Australian state of Victoria (2022). Here, a war on Australia’s wildlife is at fever pitch. The annual slaughter of waterbirds started a few days ago, each year here, some 400,000 waterbirds are killed. It will be less this year as birdlife struggles to survive. Birds are not the only ones under attack.
Climate change bites, the fires and the floods kill vast numbers of animals. This makes no difference, out goes the cry, yet more need to die. And they do in the tens of thousands.
And yet the birds face 90 long days of killing again this year. More remarkably, amid the endless claims from the Victorian Government and its employees that the slaughter is ‘sustainable’, two of the duck species they have been killing on mass have now been listed as threatened species. The Blue-winged Shoveler and Hardhead were listed as threatened species (Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 – listed in July 2021).
As usual, the announcement that the season would yet again be supported by the government and would go ahead, was made at a time when media were concentrating on the war in Europe and just before the season's start date, in an attempt to avoid media attention and protests against this very unpopular and brutal activity, also involving children in the killing.
Among the many places that are not safe in Victoria, include the state’s globally precious Ramsar Sites. In these places where Australia’s birdlife breeds, what is now required is a contemporary and honourable approach to Ramsar Wetlands and waterbird species in Victoria. This means:
The beautiful bird species subject to slaughter in Victoria this year are the Pacific Black Duck, Mountain Duck, Chestnut Teal, Grey Teal, Pink-eared Duck and Wood Duck. We mourn them all.