We did it! Game Council abolished

We did it!

Last week we achieved a major victory in NSW, and that’s worth celebrating.

The O’Farrell government has been embarrassed into abolishing the pro-gun pro-hunting Game Council NSW, suspending amateur hunting in state forests, and ending the idea of unrestricted amateur hunting in National Parks.

Congratulations!

Game-Council-DecisionThis decision follows a decade-long campaign by the Greens, by animal welfare and environment groups, and by thousands of dedicated campaigners like you.

The Dunn Report into the governance of the Game Council NSW supported what we’ve been saying for years – the Game Council was basically a PR machine for hunters and shooters, and was failing in its obligations as a publicly funded body to be transparent, accountable and effective.

Unfortunately, the government has also announced trials of supervised volunteer shooters in twelve national parks, operating under the close instruction of NPWS rangers.

Thankfully though, these shooters will have to demonstrate exactly the same level of skill and training that NPWS Rangers have, and will only operate as part of targeted and evidence-based pest control programs.

Unlike what the Game Council and Shooters Party wanted, there will be no unsupervised hunting, no children allowed to hunt, and no hunting with bows, knives or dogs.

This announcement is a set-back for the pro-gun and pro-hunting lobby in NSW and a step towards best practice pest-management.

This is a significant outcome. But there are still opportunities for the gun lobby to reopen National Parks and state forests to unsupervised recreational hunters.

We will be maintaining pressure on the government to completely ban unsupervised amateur hunting on public land in NSW, and redirect the budget of the Game Council to professional pest control programs and further research into humane pest-control.

We’ll be in touch again soon, but in the meantime, please share this image with your friends to build the campaign to completely close the door on recreational hunting and shooting in our parks and forests.

Warm regards,

David Shoebridge & Mehreen Faruqi
Greens NSW MPs

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3 Responses to We did it! Game Council abolished

  1. Antaine July 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    I will guarantee you that I am far far far better trained and experienced than ANY NPWS Ranger who receive very little to NO firearm training at all compared to my Profession … let me say that again … PROFESSION!

    I also expect that you will never allow this comment to stand on your page, but my message will get through to someone.

    So on the strength of that, I have to ask why you are so hell bent on destroying my and my family’s culture and heritage?

    For a group who all about equality, human rights and a fair go, you are some of the biggest racists I have ever encountered in my 47 years upon this Earth.

    Well Done … NOT.

  2. Dean Vincent July 16, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    Mr Shoebridge,

    I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and I love animals. I want to do everything I can to preserve and protect our native animals so that they can be appreciated by future generations. I want my children and my children’s children to be able to enjoy what I am able to enjoy. This is precisely why I am a hunter.

    Perhaps my morals don’t quite align with yours, but we are far more similar than you might think. It’s not just me; the overwhelming majority of Australian hunters are responsible, law-abiding people who enjoy spending time in the outdoors and who care greatly for our native wildlife.

    We provide a service, free of charge, which contributes to the control of pest animals; pest animals which would otherwise have a devastating effect on our native fauna. To claim that we have “minimal effect on eradication of feral animals” is outlandish to say the least. Countless foxes, cats, dogs, rabbits, pigs and deer are eradicated each year by recreational hunters. I wish I had a figure for you, but I imagine it’s in the hundreds of thousands at least.

    We don’t do this because we’re “bloodthirsty”. Some of us do it because we’d rather source our meat a more traditional way rather than support abattoirs and battery hens. Most of us do it because we care about preserving our native wildlife by eradicating pests in a humane manner. A bullet through the heart is much less cruel than 1080 poisoning and has the added advantage of affecting only those specific species which need to be targeted.

    I’m not trying to claim that this covers every hunter, but the fact is that it does apply to the overwhelming majority. As for the handful of irresponsible “cowboys” and poachers, the hundreds of thousands of responsible Australian shooters support the punishment of these idiots to the full extent possible under Australian law. We despise them at least as much as you do.

    Maybe we do need greater education of new hunters, but removing hunters altogether is a foolish move and our native fauna will suffer because of it.

    I believe your intentions are good, Mr Shoebridge. Unfortunately, your good intentions appear to be negated by your ignorance.

    Kind regards,

    Dean Vincent.

  3. Jonathan Brocklehurst July 16, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Thank you Antaine and Dean. I could not have been more clear nor succinct in getting across our message. Denying ones right to hunt does not improve our society. Many many pillars of society still hunt today. We are conservationists of the highest order who dearly love Australia’s greatest gift. The bush. Dean could not be more right when he says that we are similar. Go out there and enjoy what’s left of our state forests. They are a rare gift from nature. Hunting goes back to the roots of civilisation. We pay our respect to the land and the animals we hunt. Hopefully abolishment is inaccurate as well and we should see public land(state forests) re opened to educated safe and responsible hunters that shoot with guns and bows and dogs. As a foot note I don’t see why archery would be removed from prospective national park hunting. It is a very humane form of dispatching targeted prey. Maybe nwps officers can’t get close enough to feral animals for safe humane archery range. Thanks for letting me voice some of the opinions I have on the matter. Yours sincerely Jonathan Brocklehurst.