David Fraser Speaks Out On Youtube Duck Shooting Video
Three men, David Fraser, James Fraser and Jeremy Rowlands, were arrested and fined $5,000CAD on Monday after posting a video of themselves shooting ducklings Youtube. The incident, which took place outside Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, generated an unprecedented public reaction and prompted the Humane Societies of Saskatchewan and Alberta to offer rewards for information that would lead to the arrest of the hunters.
The four minute video showed the three men laughing as they shot ducklings from a parked car. They now face charges under both federal and provincial wildlife protection laws. Most migratory birds are protected under the Migratory Birds Convention Act.
The trio has apologized for their actions, but one of the arrested, David Fraser, is now speaking out on how they have been unfairly demonized in the media.
"What we didn't appreciate," Fraser said, "was the fact that various hunter associations and groups decided to make us their poster boy to try to make themselves look better. The fact of the matter is, in a month from now they're going to be slaughtering thousands of birds and deer and all sorts of other animals and nobody seems to care about that."
David Fraser has admitted that he knows nothing about gun law, nor that you could only legally hunt migratory birds during parts of the year. He also says the incident was blown out of proportion in comparison to what is going on with endangered species in other regions:
"What happened was severe," he added. "A few ducks were killed and that's tragic. But this has been getting coast to coast and international coverage when endangered species are being killed everywhere, all over the planet."