NSW government sponsors pro-hunting program with weapons dealers

The O’Farrell government is allowing the NSW Game Council to use public funds to co-sponsor an “adventure hunting” TV series with international arms manufacturers Hornady and Beretta. The program celebrates the killing of moose, deer and other wild animals and actively promotes some of the world’s largest international arms dealers.

As reported in SMH Online

Conservation Hunting SliderGreens MP and Firearms spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“This action by the Game Council NSW is further proof that the organisation is more about pushing a guns and hunting culture than it is about feral animal control.

“In the NSW budget released last week the Game Council NSW was allocated $4.35 million, representing a 63.5 per cent funding increase from the previous year.

“In a tight state budget with limited funds for hospitals, schools and public transport, the O’Farrell government managed to spend millions on an organisation that promotes guns and hunting.

“This hunting program celebrates trophy hunting and killing for fun, it is not about feral pest control and it is extraordinary that thousands of tax payer dollars are being spent on it.

“This is not the first time the Game Council has been criticised for associating itself with a weapons manufacturer. The June 2012 Shot Expo was also jointly sponsored by the Game Council and Beretta.

“The NSW government must not be getting in bed with death merchants to co-promote events or programs such as this.

“This program is not about feral pest control or conservation, it is about hunting for the thrill of the kill and not a single tax dollar should be spent on it,” Mr Shoebridge said.

 

Fast Facts:

  • Hornady is the largest independent producer of bullets in the world.
  • Beretta is a global firearms manufacturer, selling arms in over 100 countries with links to the military in the United States, Spain, Turkey and Italy.
  • In 2009, Beretta controversially exported some €8 million worth of arms to Libya’s General People’s Committee for Public Security.
  • According to the the television programme’s website, the main theme of the show is the “true adventure behind the hunt”.
  • The first episode focusses on the hunting of wapiti deer in New Zealand – a species introduced for hunting, primarily because of their impressive antlers.
  • The Game Council NSW was set up in 2002 as the result of a deal between the Shooters Party and the then-Labor government.
  • Both current Shooters Party MPs are former chairmen of the Game Council.

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3 Responses to NSW government sponsors pro-hunting program with weapons dealers

  1. Ann June 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    thanks for continuing to shine a torchlight on the nefarious dealings of the Liars Party and its unholy alliance with the Shunters and Footers party, and their chattell the Game Council. no public monies should be spent on sponsoring an activity such as this. especially when other services and facilities that contribute positively to the broader community are desparate for more funding. it is just another shameful chapter in this distressing and corrupt saga between BoF and his guntoting cronies.

  2. Cita June 24, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Excellent article.
    Having trouble understanding how the Game Council is given more money while National Parks and TAFE have been getting less. Good people in these organisations have lost or are losing their jobs and have less funds to work with.
    The Game Council does not need to waste TAX payers funds sponsoring gun shows when the gun companies would have multi -million dollar budgets for gun shows.

  3. You know me June 25, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    David,

    This is an outrage. This extra money could have been invested into the hugely successful deer management program into the Illawarra. This is true pest management delivering community expectations. This program needs further funds, i understand has approached the state Government without success and yet nearly another $2mil is given to this pro hunting gun lobby. Where is the state governments priorities?

    Concerned Illawarra Resident