Shooters Party bill
Daily Examiner, Page: 10. Thursday, 6 August 2009
I refer to the letter by John Edwards printed in The Examiner on July 25. Mr Edwards refers to an excellent article in the Macleay Argus an article that again trots out the deliberate lie that the Shooters Party bill before parliament proposes the shooting of native animals in national parks.
This is completely false, for the bill proposes no such thing. What the bill does propose is the hunting of feral animals in national parks by properly trained and licensed hunters feral animals such as pigs, foxes and cats animals that do a huge amount of damage to the environment and to native species.
It will be (as it always has been) the Minister for National Parks who will decide whether any particular park will be declared and what parts of that park. That Minister will also decide what times of year the park will be declared and for what periods of time.
Also, that Minister will decide which animals are to be culled.
As for the online response Mr Edwards details, at least this is truthful and states the actual facts. Mr Edwards then goes on about the placing of poisoned eggs on fence posts somewhere or other no location given and has somehow managed to connect this incident with the Game Council licensed shooters.
Just what poisoned eggs on fence posts has to do with the Shooters Party bill is beyond me.
Perhaps Mr Edwards can enlighten us. He then goes on about an incident at Rollands Plains where kangaroos were apparently illegally shot and again attempts to link this criminal activity to the Shooters Party and Game Council.
Has it occurred to Mr Edwards that these yobbo shooters were probably in the forest illegally? Can Mr Edwards please answer the following questions? Were these alleged shooters licensed shooters? Were they members of the SSAA? Did they have R licences to allow them to hunt in State Forests? As for the kangaroo illegally shot with arrows, again Mr Edwards appears to suggest that this is somehow linked to the Shooters Party bill. Please explain? Mr Edwards ‘ letter shows when it comes to being truthful, extreme greens cannot be trusted and are quite adept at writing article full of lies and innuendo.
Charles Macarthur Dwyer, Tyndale.