I’ve just finished reading on the 7 Yahoo news site that the Australian NSW government is considering allowing the hunting of feral animals in our national parks for hunters as young as 12 years old. At first I thought ‘great, I can see the news headlines already of innocent walkers being shot’, then I got to thinking how clever or cheap (depending on what side of the fence you’re sitting) the government actually is. To “allow” hunters to go into our national parks and eradicate the feral animals is at no cost to the government at all.
Will this bring more guns into our Aussie homes? I bet it will. I know as a teen’ the prospect of owning a gun and hunting in the wild would be very appealing. But is Australia mature enough for this kind of responsibility. I’m not sure. Look where America is at the moment with their gun laws. Do we really want to follow their lead? I don’t.
Here’s what I’ve read.
The New South Wales Government is considering a Game Council proposal for children as young as 12 to be able to hunt in the state’s national parks.
From March adults will be allowed to shoot feral animals in 79 national parks, nature reserves and state conservation areas.
The culling program was approved last year in a deal between the State Government and the Shooters and Fishers Party.
Game Council chairman John Mumford says he would like the rules to be relaxed to allow minors to hunt in national parks, both with guns and bows and arrows.
“Under the process we’re discussing with the Government at the moment and with National Parks, they will be able to hunt under the supervision of their parents in exactly the same way that they currently hunt in state forests, and have been hunting for the past six years, and have been hunting in the Alpine Forest in Victoria for the past 40 years,” he said.
The Game Council says children who are approved for shooting licences undergo a strict approval process.
Mr Mumford says he has been hunting with his sons for years.
“The first time they came hunting with me they were both in nappies. They weren’t carrying firearms of course but they were certainly out hunting,” he said.
“For a minor to get a firearms licence or a minors permit they have to go through exactly the same process that an adult does.
“They’ve got to go through exactly the same testing that an adult has to, they cannot hunt on their own; even with a bow they still have to be supervised by an adult.”
The State Government says it is still assessing the proposal.
But Russ Collison from the Australian Workers’ Union says the proposal should have been rejected outright.
“I mean it’s so far to the ridiculous it’s unbelievable,” he said.
“I would’ve thought initially they would’ve just said, ‘Look, we understand your efforts but we’re not prepared to give it any due consideration’.
“But no. They’ve said, ‘Oh we don’t see any law against it’ and I’ve been told people at that level within National Parks have said this is ridiculous.”
Source: 7 News