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
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