Demand Supervision Over Hunters in New South Wales Parks

New South Wales Park

Target: Premier Barry O’Farrell

Goal: Present safety procedure plans to protect the public and non-target animals from hunters in New South Wales parks

Hunters are now allowed access to 79 parks, nature reserves and conservation areas in New South Wales, Australia. The legislation was passed in June by Premier Barry O’Farrell. The opening of these parks occurred as an exchange for the support of the Fishers and Shooters Party.

The government sought support from the Shooters and Fishers Party, which would allow the state to sell electricity assets. They claimed that the hunting will help the state with the feral animals’ situation as well. However, according to the Shooters and Fishers Party’s website, hunting at these parks will go unsupervised. On top of that, parks will remain open during these hunting sessions.

If these parks are not closed for hunting, situations can become extremely dangerous for the public. Not only is the safety of the public jeopardized, the safety of the animals is threatened as well. Animals, such as the flying foxes and the Southern brown bandicoot, live in these areas. If hunters have no regulations or supervision, these innocent animals may become collateral damage.

The government has denied the Shooters and Fishers Party’s claim regarding no supervision, stating that there will be park rangers on duty, yet no definite answer has been provided. Access to these parks will start on Dec. 27, right after Christmas. We urge O’Farrell to present the safety procedure plans for the public and animals when hunters are present before hunting season begins.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Premier Barry O’Farrell,

After passing new legislation that would allow hunters access to 79 parks, nature reserves, and conservation areas, you have yet to present us with any safety precautions. According to the Shooters and Fishers Party’s website, hunting at these locations will occur unsupervised by any NP officials. Furthermore, the parks will remain open during hunting season.

Although your government has denied these claims, stating that you cannot control what the Shooters and Fishers Party posts on its website, you have yet to let the public know what you will do to ensure the safety of the public and the animals living in these parks. Without any supervision, innocent animals and people can be murdered.

It is imperative that you protect the public and the animals since you will be responsible after opening up these parks to hunters. I urge you to draft guidelines and safety precautions before the hunting starts in December. It would be best if the parks were closed off during hunting seasons.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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