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August 6, 2021

Hunting dogs unbanned

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How ironic. A few dogs are not allowed to walk along the beach adjacent to the Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve, yet it is one of the reserves where recreational hunting is going to be allowed. Will these amateur, unpoliced hunters be accompanied by their dogs?

In fact, no reserves in our area have been excluded from hunting by shooters, who will also be allowed into Billinudgel, Wooyung, Marshalls Creek, Inner Pocket, Tyagarah, Cumbebin, Hayters Hill and Broken Head nature reserves, along with Cape Byron State Conservation Area and Arakwal National Park.

This makes a complete mockery of the term ‘wildlife conservation area’ – not to mention ‘personal safety’.

Bitter experience in New Zealand has amply demonstrated that this style of recreational hunting in national parks and nature reserves has resulted in many cases of human injury and death.

 

Caroline Thornton, Ocean Shores

 


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