In a deal struck between the Shooters and Fishers Party and Barry O'Farrell's government hunters will soon be allowed to shoot animals in NSW national parks.
This plan is being progressed despite overwhelming opposition from park rangers and staff — and risks highlighted by the government's own risk assessment, which declared that the new legislation poses a 'major risk' to the safety of park visitors and staff.
Since news of this proposal became public the NSW government has received thousands of emails from concerned park goers — resulting in a commitment to first trial the plan in 12 parks only and only while they are closed to visitors. But if the trial proves 'successful', the plan will be expanded to include 75 national parks and reserves throughout the state.
But this isn't what our parks are there for!
A national park should be a safe haven and peaceful place for all visitors (and the animals who live there!), not a personal hunting ground for a small minority who choose to kill animals for 'sport'.
Despite claims, allowing amateur shooters into our national parks will not provide any real conservation benefit - this is just 'recreational' hunting dressed up as 'pest' animal control.
The proposal was originally cooked up by the NSW Game Council — a controversial taxpayer-funded group headed by shooters and soon to be abolished after a review found it lacked accountability and paid too little attention to public safety. Surely this should mean that this controversial and unpopular plan should be scrapped too.
If you live in NSW, please use the form below to send an urgent message to Premier Barry O'Farrell and your Coalition MP, urging them to repeal the dangerous laws allowing amateur hunters in national parks.
If you live outside NSW, please send an email to Premier Barry O'Farrell directly.