“Last night saw new hunting legislation pass through the Upper House of the NSW Parliament and its passage into law is just a matter of procedure. Conservationists are now rapidly mustering their resources and will work with political parties, community and trade union groups to ensure there is no hunting in national parks,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.
“We will fight for humane and effective pest control, to keep our communities safe, to ensure our national parks are properly resourced and we will stand by park workers,” Mr Muir said.
“The Shooters and Fishers Party revealed its true colours last night. Their legislative proposals would have reintroduced high-powered automatic weapons and allowed hunting in local public parks. Both these proposals were fortunately struck down by the Government last night, but there the sanity ends,” he said.
“The new legislation is a disaster for effective pest control as it will waste precious resources on ineffective measures. It will see park visitors shot. It will see animals maimed by amateur hunters and then suffer horrible lingering deaths”, he said.
“Parks visitors who find themselves in areas where hunting is taking place could be prosecuted for interfering with authorised hunting and fined up to $5 500”, Mr Muir said.
“Despite assurances by the Premier and Environment Minister, the legislation sets no limits on the issue of Game Hunting Licences, not even time limits or additional supervision of hunting for park areas”, said Mr Muir.
“Conservationists will now work hard to prevent hunting in the community’s parks and reserves by all non-violent means at our disposal”, said Mr Muir.
“It is a very bad law, a dangerous law, and we vow to fight its implementation to protect our national parks and wildlife”, he said.
For more information contact: Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 0412 791 404 (mob)