Animal Justice Party MP condemns illegal hunting and calls for more funding for Rural Crime Investigators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-Date 28/01/2016
ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY – The Hon. Mark Pearson, MLC

The Hon. Mark Pearson, MLC has previously warned that the number one concern for farmers is illegal hunting trespass, with research backing his claim: www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-10/rural-crime-increase/6684612

“Since being elected to the NSW upper house last year, my office has received a steady stream of calls from distressed and angry landholders about illegal hunting on their properties.”

“Callers describe the lawlessness of weekend warriors entering remote properties and shooting anything that moves. I have heard stories of bullets flying in all directions and the terrible suffering of animals with hunting dogs left for dead after sustaining injuries from wild pigs. One landowner was devastated to discover dozens of dead and dying native animals such as kangaroos, wombats and even echidnas after a night of blasting away by booze-fuelled thugs.”

The Hon. Mark Pearson, MLC

“Callers report that rural police are sympathetic but say that they do not have the resources to investigate allegations of trespass and animal cruelty even though these incidents can lead to serious threats to human life. They say that the police will only intervene when the situation escalates to the point of a physical altercation between hunter and farmer. Today ‘s media story is a case in point: www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-28/two-dogs-killed-over-hunting-dispute-on-coolabah-property/7119522

“It is time for the Minister for Police, Troy Grant, to provide additional resources to Rural Crime investigators so that they can stamp out this appalling illegal hunting before it takes a greater toll on human and animal life.”

 

Media Contact:

Mark Pearson: 0417 252 107

Angela Pollard: 02 9230 2445

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