Recreational hunting is usually sought to be justified in the name of ‘tradition’. But such purported recreation or tradition should be tested with two questions. Is it free of harm to the animal? Is it necessary? In the case of pratices such as the indigenous hunting of dugongs and turtles in Queensland; mutton birding in Tasmania; duckshooting in Victoria and South Australia; pig dogging or say the hunting of the deer; the answer to each question is plainly ‘no’. Such practices are often pointless and so often accompanied by a confronting barbarism.In a civilised society such practices in the name of recreation and usually also tradition should be prohibited with a serious penalty for contravention. How can it be otherwise where say turtles have their flippers cut off, and are then turned on their backs to die a lingering death in the hot North Queensland sun over several days?


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