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Hi. I admire your stand against unnecessary laws regarding cycling helmets. Forcing people to wear helmets stops many people from using bicycles I think. But the broader issues involving individual freedom from government regulation are what is really important. However, I am saddened by your comment about "mayhem and slaughter" in national parks and I feel compelled to make some kind of response to it. I hold a game council license which allows me to volunteer my own time and money for the purpose of protecting native wildlife from the ravages of feral animal species. Some of the impacts of feral animals can be read about here..http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/invasive/ferals/index.htmlShooting is actually a very specific, humane and efficient method of control. Especially compared to the slow cruelty of poison. At the moment, National Parks represent a haven for feral animals. Certainly holders of game council licenses are not interested in mayhem or slaughter. We are responsible, safe and law abiding members of the community.Anyhow, enjoyed reading your blog !
Dear Anonymous,Thanks for dropping by and I do apologise for taking so long to get back to you.Notwithstanding your articulate and thoughtful comments I cannot agree with you, and truly feel that this 'conservation hunting' is deeply misleading in both terminology and proposed action.From what I have read it would appear that many experts including scientists and 'professional land managers' highlight that the proposed intermittent and unplanned shooting is utterly useless in controlling feral animals. As Bob Debus (a former Labour minister for the environment, attorney-general and a federal minister for home affairs) recounts in his opinion piece found here http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/bravery-needed-to-save-nsws-beloved-parks-20120928-26qj9.html 'animal species that become feral succeed because they breed quickly'...therefore a 'control program must eliminate the majority of individuals at any location to be effective.'The way the legislation has been framed leaves the government vulnerable to the whims of the Shooters Party et al, and the rest of vulnerable to the vagaries of hunters whilst we picnic.I am not comfortable at the thought of potentially beinging target practice when I'm next munching a marmite sarnie whilst enjoying the sphagnum moss up at Pole Blue.I'm sorry but the idea of sharing the Barrington Tops with shooters and hunters leaves me cold and if the plan is to keep me out whilst the bullets fly...well we may as well come up with a new name for our National Parks because they'll hardly be that anymore.Kind regards,Sue
c) Sept 2010 Letter to NSW Minister for Roads
d) Submission to Parliamentary Inquiry into Vulnerable Road Users 2010