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Senior hunting officials investigated over cruelty to a goat 23.1.2013
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2013, 10:06:56 AM »
Senior hunting officials investigated over cruelty

23.1.2013

Two senior members of the body appointed by the New South Wales Government to oversee hunting in national parks, are now being investigated by police for animal cruelty and illegal hunting.

The State Government has confirmed it has stood down the Game Council's acting chief executive Greg McFarland and head of law enforcement Andrew Mallen.

They are accused of hunting illegally, trespassing, and the inhumane killing of a feral goat last month.

Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson says police are investigating.

"The officers in question will be stood aside until I'm satisfied that the matter has been dealt with appropriately," she said.

"The police are the appropriate authority to investigate whether any illegal activity has occurred and I have asked the Game Council to fully co-operate with the police. 

"The New South Wales Government does have very tough and very comprehensive laws covering these sorts of activities.  We expect those laws to be fully adhered to."

The Game Council is the body that will be issuing shooting licenses and monitoring the government's plan to allow hunting in national parks.

Greens MP David Shoebridge says it is made up of pro-hunting lobbyists, not effective regulators. 

"These allegations call into question the entire program by the New South Wales Government to expand hunting into national parks," he said.

"The Game Council is not genuinely interested in safety and effective regulation of hunting but is in fact a pro-hunting pro-gun lobby group paid for by taxpayers."

The Opposition's Environment spokesman Luke Foley says the plan to allow hunting in national parks but be dropped.

"Mr O'Farrell, if he has any responsibility, must abandon this bad policy," he said.

Legal hunting will start in the state's national parks in March.


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-23/senior-hunting-officials-investigated-over-cruelty/4479988?section=nsw