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Media Release - 22 January 2013
The NSW Farmers association is encouraging the introduction of a bounty for wild dogs and foxes in NSW, which would be another concession to the hunting lobby and contrary to evidence from past experience, according to Greens NSW MP David Shoebridge.
"Bounties on feral animals have not been proven to control the type of feral species which are prevalent in NSW, such as feral cats, wild dogs, foxes and rabbits," Mr Shoebridge said.
"Bounties typically only remove the easiest to catch and thus most profitable specimens from a population, and with highly fecund species that allows the remaining animals to quickly repopulate.
"Scarce public funds are far better targeted at professional pest removal programmes aimed at long term population control rather than on political gimmicks like bounties.
"With the hunting lobby on the rise in NSW it is highly likely the O'Farrell government will move to throw them another bone and this could well be a cash-for-carcass programme in the form of bounties.
"If the O'Farrell government does this it will be yet further evidence that they are moving away from evidence based policies on feral animal control simply to appease the shooters lobby," Mr Shoebridge said.
More information: http://davidshoebridge.org.au/