Dead ducks dumped in ditch
Animal welfare experts are concerned over the treatment of seven wild ducks that were left dead in a ditch on the side of Waharoa Rd East last week.
Matamata resident Will Murray found the ducks less than two kilometres north of town and said it was obvious they had been deliberately dumped as they were so closely grouped together.
‘‘I saw one duck then two, three, four, five, six, seven, and I just thought why would someone do this?’’
The Matamata Primary teacher thought the most likely explanation was they had been left by duck shooters who had exceeded their quota.
‘‘It’s a bit disappointing,’’ Mr Murray said. ‘‘It kind of takes the sport out of it.’’
Waikato SPCA attendants were unable to confirm exactly how the ducks were killed but said the way they were left was unacceptable.
‘‘I wouldn’t like kids to come across that. It’s not acceptable on so many levels to leave any animals in that kind of condition,’’ said spokeswoman Michelle Locke.
Auckland/waikato Fish and Game chief executive Doug Emmet said that in his 20-year career he had never heard of seven whole ducks being dumped.
‘‘Game birds are shot for a purpose, they’re shot to be eaten and shooting them for no reason is a waste of resources.’’
It was against national regulations for any game birds to be left in that manner, said Mr Emmet.
The Matamata-piako District Council is responsible for the removal of the birds.
Disappointed: Teacher Will Murray discovered seven dead ducks less than two kilometres north of Matamata.