National parks hunting shelved

The introduction of hunting in NSW national parks has been postponed until at least mid-year following allegations of illegal activity by employees of the Game Council NSW, the organisation which was to have overseen the program.

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has ordered a review of the governance of the Game Council , which regulates hunting in the state.

Last year O’Farrell announced 77 national parks and reserves would be opened for amateur hunting of feral animals under a deal with the Shooters and Fishers Party.

The contentious program was due to begin in March, but a risk assessment process had delayed its start date until May. Continue reading National parks hunting shelved

Veterinarian support for O’Farrell’s national park hunting plan

The President of the AVA’s Conservation group, Geoff Dutton, has offered support for NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell’s decision to allow hunting in 79 of the state’s national parks, provided animal welfare is being carefully considered and a strict licensing system is imposed.

Under the changes, licensed shooters can apply to hunt feral animals including pigs, dogs, cats, . . . → Read More: Veterinarian support for O’Farrell’s national park hunting plan