Greens MP Cate Faehrmann and environment spokesperson has slammed
Premier Barry O'Farrell for his deal with the Shooters Party that will
see the integrity of NSW National Parks trashed and for breaking his
promise not to allow hunting in National Parks.
"Today's decision will change the face of National Parks forever.
Barry O'Farrell has sold out the people of NSW with his broken promise
that he won't allow hunting in National Parks," said Ms Faehrmann.
"The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) already has licensed
hunters who undertake feral animal control in our national parks. If
the government was serious about this they would pump more money in to
NPWS so they could increase their targeted feral animal control
"The government says this is a logical extension of its existing feral
animal control policy. This is nonsense. Extending hunting in National
Parks to recreational hunters means the government has no control over
the behaviour of shooters in National Parks.
"This is about recreational hunting and dirty deals, not genuine feral
"Scatter gun ad hoc recreational shooting outside of a targeted feral
animal control programs is not an effective way to control feral
"Included in the list of National Parks in the firing line are places
like the Macquarie Marshes and Myall Lakes - havens for
internationally protected water birds. What on earth does the
Government think it is doing allowing trigger happy hunters into
nature sanctuaries like this?
"The irony of this deal is that it was hunters who were responsible
for introducing some of the worse feral animal problems to Australia
(foxes and rabbits).
"This dirty deal is disgraceful and is only the tip of the iceberg
when it comes to attacks on National Parks expected to come from the
Shooters – O'Farrell alliance," said Ms Faehrmann.
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