Media Release - 23 January 2013
Reports that two senior Game Council executives have been suspended highlight the ongoing problems with the publicly funded pro-gun and hunting body, which was created to woo the shooters lobby in 2002.
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Greens NSW MP and Firearms spokesperson David Shoebridge said:
"For more than a decade the Game Council has been run by a pro-hunting and pro-gun interest group with little if any interest in ensuring effective and humane feral animal control.
"The two previous chairmen of the Game Council are now Shooters MPs in the Parliament, where they continue to push for more guns, more hunting and more power to this sham organisation.
"The Game Council receives millions of dollars of public money each year, but provides less than 5 full time inspectors to police hunting in the more than 2 million hectares of public land open to hunting.
"They have never shown any interest in policing animal cruelty and safe hunting laws, instead they actively promote cruel blood sports such as pig dog hunting.
"The Game Council has no credibility when it comes to professional and humane animal control. It is now time for the Premier to stop walking hand in hand with it as he introduces hunting in National Parks.
"With a damning safety report on the dangers of hunting in National Parks becoming public last year, and now these open questions on the competence and capacity of the Game Council, it is time for the Premier to halt his reckless expansion of hunting into National Parks," Mr Shoebridge said.