The Greens have welcomed today’s announcement by NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell that the Game Council has been abolished and hunting on public land has been suspended.

Conservation Hunting SliderGreens NSW Environment spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi said:

“The Greens welcome this decision as a victory for common sense and for all of the spirited grassroots campaigners who made their voices heard on this issue.

“This decision confirms what the Greens have been saying for years – amateur recreational hunting is not an effective form of feral animal control.

“We need to decouple the idea that feral animal control and recreational hunting achieve the same aims. They don’t.

“The government’s own risk assessment showed that hunting in National Parks would put the safety of National Parks Rangers and the public at risk of ‘injury or death’.

“The Game Council has been shown to be incapable of effectively or humanely managing feral control and they have rightly been disbanded.

“It is a shame that the government is keeping the door open for the Shooters Party by approving trials of amateurs being supervised by National Parks rangers in 12 Parks.

“The Greens will continue to work with the community to keep a close watching brief on this issue and ensure that feral animal control is done professionally and humanely,” Dr Faruqi said.

Mehreen Faruqi is the acting Greens NSW spokesperson on Firearms and the Game Council while David Shoebridge is on leave.