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.