New NSW Law Sporting Shooters Permit to Shoot Cats & other Ferals

Subject: New NSW Law Sporting Shooters Permit to Shoot Cats & other Ferals
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2001 19:31:21 +0800
At 03:31 05/12/2001 +0000, desley williams wrote:

From Desley Williams, Mackay North Queensland

Did any birdos see that program on A Current Affair last Thursday night 29th, regarding a new law in NSW commencing March 2002. I missed the start but the new law gives the Sporting Shooters Association of NSW permits (cost I think $50) to go into public lands, National Parks (?), Forest Parks and private property to shoot any feral animal including CATS, YES CATS.

I too applaud this decision at this early stage. I might have reservations after I see what actually happens.

As a general rule, the ACA seemed to imply that shooters will only be allowed on private land (I assume with permission of the owner!). I think the rules for public lands, parks, etc will be slightly different, although there will be some access allowed (maybe that's the permit part?).

The law seemed to allow them to shoot all feral animals (cats, foxes, rabbits, goats, pigs). It certainly sounds good.

I was birding at Warne River east of Payne's Find in WA (about 400km NE of Perth) several years ago when I met some hunters with crossbows hunting goats. It certainly makes you nervous when you are way out in the outback! Similarly when you meet people with guns. If people are hunting, then there should be signs warning others that hunting is occurring in the area.

Frank O'Connor     Birding WA
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