The NSW Shooters Party has recently tabled a Private Members Bill before the Upper House of State Parliament that, if passed, will open up National Parks to recreational hunters, establish private game reserves and expand the list of animals that will have to dodge hunters’ bullets across the whole state.
The Nature Conservation Council of NSW explains this in more detail and lets you know how members of the community can get involved.
Tied up in this murky business are the Shooters Party’s votes in the NSW Parliament – votes that the State Labor Government needs in order to guarantee it can get its legislation through Parliament. In addition to votes in the Parliament, what Labor promised the Shooters Party before the last State Election to shore up preferences is anybody’s guess. If this Private Members Bill is anything to go by, it looks like giving recreational shooters access to protected natural areas and native animals was part of the deal.
Closely linked to the Shooters Party is the Game Council, the Chair of which likes to boast about his recent elephant hunt in Zimbabwe, where the tusks of the elephants killed go to the Zimbabwean government. Yes, that Zimbabwean Government, the one headed up by Robert Mugabe. Continue Reading