‘An environmental activist has appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court accused of failing to kill an injured duck.
Anthony Murphy, 56, tried to save an injured duck after it was shot during last year’s duck shooting season at wetlands near Kerang, in Victoria’s north.
He was planning to take the duck to a vet, but it died shortly after being pulled out the water.’
Asking a lay person to perform a ‘home euthanasia’ on an injured animal is irresponsible and wrong. The first obligation when an injured animal is found is to take the animal immediately to a Veterinarian where appropriate care (including euthanasia if needed) will be administered, which is precisely what the accused was doing at the time.
If Victorian State Government wants to counter duck shooting protesters they need to do it with arguments, not with ridiculous legal threats.