Posted: Thu May 10, 2012 10:37 am Post subject: Stop Legislation to Allow Young to Hunt Alone
The Game Council (funded by your tax dollars) is again trying to increase unwanted pro-gun and hunting culture here in NSW. Along with increasing suffering to animals they are potentially putting children at risk by pushing legislation that will legalise 12 year old children to hunt using guns, knives and bows and arrows without adult supervision! Hunting by its very nature is a blood "sport" - it is bad enough that adults engage in this - but please help us stop children being permitted to do so without supervision.
In NSW you must, by law, be over 16 years of age before you can attain your Learner’s License, join the Australian Defense Force Academy and over 18 before you can vote, purchase cigarettes and alcohol or join the NSW Police Force – but the Game Council would have us believe that 12 year old children have the right to bear arms without adult supervision. If this was to happen in the streets of NSW there would be an outcry but the Government is, by this legislation, saying it is rational for children to use weapons for hunting in parks.
The head of the NSW Game Council, Brian Boyle, says that permitting children to hunt is about "animal welfare concerns" – permitting children to shoot and stab animals without supervision will "ensure cleaner, more humane kills" - all this really is about is to increasing an already unwanted pro-gun and hunting culture here in NSW.
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