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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  1. Do you take any interest in the hunting, shooting, and often tearing apart of wallabies by dogs used to flush out the wallabies on private properties in Tasmania? My property is neighbouring two properties where hunters are employed several times a year to kill wildlife using hunting dogs that chase the wallabies out of forested areas so they can be shot, but not always killed, by waiting men with guns. Their dogs are not under control, frequently trespassing on my property where I, as a a wildlife carer of over 25 years, have to deal with the consequences and aftermath of these actions. Police have warned the dog owners on several occasions but to no avail as it continues. The actions of these ‘men’ and their dogs is absolute cruelty, unnecessary, and puts both me and the animals I raise at immense risk; several allies were killed in my home yard, and they entered my carport yesterday with the same intention. What can I do please as no-one seems to care. I am desperate to stop these dogs and the cruelty. Regards, Jacqueline Harris

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