Despite a parliamentary inquiry concluding that recreational duck shooting should be banned, the Government of the Australian state of Victoria said that it will not follow the recommendations of the Labor-led parliamentary inquiry and that this blood sport will continue. Recreational duck hunting has long been banned in Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, but is still legal in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

On 29th January 2023, Victoria’s government released its response to the inquiry that in August called for recreational duck hunting to be banned in the state’s public and private land from 2024. The committee, established by the government in February, was made up of three Labor MPs, three Coalition MPs, Animal Justice party MP Georgie Purcell, the Greens’ Katherine Copsey and Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party MP Jeff Bourman. Labor MP Ryan Batchelor chaired the committee.

Liz Walker, the RSPCA Victoria chief executive, said in a statement, “We urge the government to hear the millions of Victorians who have made clear their support for a duck hunting ban in Victoria and to reverse this decision.” 

Georgie Purcell MP, the member of Parliament for The Animal Justice party, who sat on the nine-member inquiry committee, told 3AW radio, “You’ve just gone through a parliamentary inquiry, instigated by the government themselves, which cost taxpayers time, money and resources, only for them to turn around and ignore it. It is completely gutless.”

In a typical welfarist reforming fashion, the Victoria’s government said that, despite rejecting the ban, they will apply new regulations to the activity. From 2025, training and testing will be mandatory for hunters and the government said it will boost the resources of the Game Management Authority that regulates duck hunting.

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.