Petition calls for abolition of the Game Council

Firearms and the Games CouncilDavid Shoebridge today submitted a petition of over two hundred signatures to the NSW Legislative Council calling for the abolition of the Game Council and for the government to legislate for a permanent end to recreational hunting in NSW.

Greens MP and Firearms Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“The petition I presented today calls for the immediate abolition of the Game Council, which, scandalously, receives more than $2.75 million of public funding every year.

“We have recently seen the Game Council accused of presiding over illegal activity as well as a culture of drink, drugs and extreme recklessness amongst hunters.

“The government review of the Game Council announced in February is evidence that even the Game Council’s friends are beginning to distance themselves from this publicly-funded lobby group that pushes guns, hunting and blood sports, even at the cost of public safety.

“So-called ‘conservation hunting’ by amateurs on public land promoted by the Game Council has almost no impact on the numbers of feral animals, results in needless animal suffering, and places National Park users and workers at risk.

“The Greens believe that the Game Council should be abolished, and that the government should legislate to permanently end recreational hunting on public land,” Mr Shoebridge said.

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4 Responses to Petition calls for abolition of the Game Council

  1. Allan Richardson March 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    Just excellent!

  2. Larry Walton March 13, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    My dog behaves better than you. She also has more intelligence. You really need to do your homework before you spit out non truths & misinformation. Wild dogs, foxes, goats & other feral pests have been eradicated in the 1000s, thus saving countless dollars for farmers.
    But that means nothing to you.
    You remind me of my kids when they were babies. they threw tantrums & whined till they got there own way…
    But it won’t work with you. Anyway enough time wasted with you..

    PS. BAD luck with anything you do.

    • David March 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

      Looking past the usual abuse to address your point – according to the Game Council’s own figures, amateur hunters killed 80 dogs and 220 cats on public land in 2012, not 1000s.

  3. You know me March 15, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    The gaming councils figures hold very little credibility. They are all subjective, without consistancy and lack any quality assurance procedure. put simply any tanked up amateur hunter could lodge any number of ridiculous figure in the gaming council reports and it would be published as evidence of the contribution the gaming council makes.