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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Protesters highlight 'unjustifiable' mutton-bird killing. 19/01/2006. ABC News Online

Protesters highlight 'unjustifiable' mutton-bird killing. 19/01/2006. ABC News Online

Tasmania's animal activists are holding protests throughout the state in opposition to the recreational mutton-birding season.

Against Animal Cruelty and the Tasmanian Conservation Trust are organising the protests which are being held outside Service Tasmania offices in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Ulverstone.

The protest coincides with the hatching period for mutton-bird chicks - the recreational season opens in March.

Against Animal Cruelty's Yvette Watt says Tasmania is the only state that allows mutton-birds to be killed.

"They're an extraordinary migratory bird that travels a 30,000 kilometre round trip every year to raise their chicks in Tasmania - shearwater killing was banned in Victoria 30 years ago, yet in Tasmania it still goes ahead and the recreational season is totally unjustifiable," she said.

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