Dead ducks dumped in ditch

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

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.

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