Shooting on the nose?
George Wyatt (Letters, 21 Nov) has a family tradition of shooting and eating "a meal of delicious wild duck".
But he seems in denial about the cruelty involved.
The wounding rate of one in four is well established in the USA where leading ballistics expert Tom Roster has worked in shotgunning education for more than 30 years.
Victoria's duck shooters are not required to do any accuracy training.
So given our annual slaughter of some 400,000 native waterbirds, more than 100,000 wounded ducks are abandoned with horrific injuries such as pellets in eyes, shattered wings, broken legs, throats ripped open and pellets embedded in body organs.
Inflated claims of economic benefit are based on shooters' guesstimates, without evidence.
Imagine if the Australian Tax Office accepted guesstimates and never checked!
Much of the expenditure reported by shooters - cars, boats, cameras, dogs, food and grog - would happen whether shooting or not.
There are significant economic costs of shooting but strangely these get overlooked.
Annual aerial surveys across eastern Australia show long-term decline in duck populations and scientists say the bounce-back in good years is growing weaker.
COVID-19 has shown we can live our lives differently.
It's time to find a new hobby: duck shooting is on the nose.
Em Wilkinson, Wattle Park
Cable barrier concerns
I'm very concerned about the roll out of cable barriers on single carriageway highways.
Yes they will reduce run off crashes.
But the more barriers you install on these roads will increase the risk of having a head on crash or T-Bone crashes of errant vehicles re-entering oncoming traffic.
I was involved in a crash six weeks ago which involve an errant vehicle crossing onto my side of the road hitting cable barriers and then slingshot out backwards in front of me and as a result I T-Boned them and rolled my ute.
The crash occurred on a corner and I suspect that there hasn't been any crash test on cable barriers installed on corners.
This needs to be rectified before they install any more cable barriers on single carriageway roads especially on corners.
Andrew Pye, Welshpool
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