This is a despicable act and as some have already pointed out is very
likely to be the thin edge of the wedge. If shooting in national parks
becomes the norm, anything else proposed for their future 'development'
and 'improvement' will be a breeze to push through. The argument over
control of feral animals is complete crap and a smokescreen - this is
all about keeping the Shooters Party happy and that should concern us
all. I have already written to the Premier's office, for what it is
I think Greg's response sums it up very well. How the hell will this be
monitored and managed - if there is not the current resource to manage
pest eradication in our protected areas, how can shooters' activities be
managed and controlled? Do you really think that shooters are pushing
for this out of their passionate desire to rid parks of introduced
species? Have a look back at the annual reports including photos we are
sent here in birding-aus from Victoria's duck hunting season if you want
to see carcasses of Freckled Ducks and other protected species killed
under 'controlled' conditions by licensed shooters. In the end, does it
follow with any logic that many of those who get pleasure from shooting
would be overly concerned about what it was they were shooting? Why
would they want access to national parks when pest species are already
widespread across vast public areas of the state?
Locations mentioned on the news last night as being amongst the 79 parks
in which shooting would be permitted included Myall Lakes and Barrington
Tops, but regardless I don't think it's the actual locations which are
important - it's the principle. National parks are not created for
hunting and shooters, whether you change the name of the activity to
pest control or any other euphemism.
I am not at all opposed to pest eradication projects in protected areas
using shooters where and if this is done in a very carefully controlled
and monitored way. This proposal is not based on these principles at
all. It's a deal for power with the Shooters Party.
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