• Petitioned NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell

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NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell

Repeal the Legislation allowing hunting in NSW national parks.

    1. Judy Blair
    2. Petition by

      Judy Blair

      Australia

The New South Wales Government has broken a core election promise not to allow hunting in our national parks. They have done a deal with the Shooters and Fisher's party (who hold 2 seats in the upper house of parliament, thus the balance of power) to allow hunting in 79 national parks, in return for their vote in support of the privatisation of the State's electricity system.

The change is to the Game and Feral Control Act and would allow shooters to apply for a permit to hunt feral 'pigs, dogs, cats, goats and deer' in 'specified areas'. These are not people hired by the Government to undertake controlled and directed culling activities but anyone who holds a gun licence. At this point, the Government is throwing open to them 79 national parks, including Kosciuszko National Park.

National parks in New South Wales are utilised by hundreds of thousands of people every year for enjoyment. These areas are listed national parks which help in protecting and propagating all types of native plants and animals currently listed by the Government in six categories - mostly Conservation Dependent, Vulnerable, Endangered, Critically Endangered (the next two levels are Extinct in the Wild and Extinct).

Allowing hunters even restricted access to these areas is going to put the safety of all human users of these areas at risk of being shot. It is also going to have an enormous impact on the native animals as there is no easy way to distinguish if a fast moving or hidden animal is feral or a native creature. We could potentially witness hundreds of native animal species become extinct through indiscriminate shooting in these parks.

We the petitioners are demanding the Premier and the New South Wales Government immediately take steps to repeal the changes to this legislation and protect our National parks for future generations.

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    • Maggie Schafer BOULDER, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      IS WHORING TO A SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP THAT WILL DESTROY YOUR RARE WILDLIFE REALLY WORTH IT? IT IS WORTH IT TO LOSE THE SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF YOUR COUNTRY? HUNTERS ARE BRAGGING THAT THEY HAVE NO SUPERVISION - AND, THAT SHOULD RAISE A READ FLAG. I NOTICE THAT YOUR CONTACT INFO CANNOT BE ACCESSED - COWARD! YOU ARE BOTH A FOOL AND A COWARD. YOUR PEOPLE KNOW THAT!

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    • Cassandra Seaborn ARMIDALE NSW, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      This legislation is utterly barbaric. The deaths of the poor animals will most likely be prolonged and agonising. How long will it take until some innocent bushwalker, or a child, is shot dead by one of these people?

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    • Deirdre Sparrius GLEBE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      I believe national parks [even by their definition] should never be a place where recreational shooting of animals take place. The exception, I believe should only be a directed culling of nuisance feral animals in an orderly and supervised way.

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    • Jannine Lockyer NORTH OCEAN SHORES, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Firstly I do not agree with the privatisation of the electricity system and hunting by private citizens in wilderness areas is a step back in time. Only the uneducated and selfish would think this was a good idea. Culling by professionals employed under strict conditions I agree with. Killing for sport I do not, Put people and guns toghether in uncontrolled environment and history shows that there will end up being a fatalitiy and not just native animals. Rethink this please lets protect what we have in a responsible, gorwn up manner and not step back in time. Soing political deals like this is not honororable or respectful to our childrens future. What will the grand kids say about this one Barry?

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    • Amica Sanday OCEAN SHORES, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      The hunting of feral animals needs to be an extremely tightly controlled activity by highly skilled and professional shooters ONLY, and definitely not by those who want to kill for enjoyment. The potential for accidents of all kinds is high, and for great suffering for shot animals. As a society, we MUST NOT condone blood sports and cruelty.

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