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Hunting not about animal control: Greens

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GREENS MP Cate Faehrmann has criticised Premier Barry O'Farrell for his deal with the Shooters Party that will allow hunting of feral animals in national parks.

"Today's decision will change the face of national parks forever," the environmental spokesperson said. "The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) already has licensed hunters who undertake feral animal control in our national parks.

"If the government was serious about this, they would pump more money into NPWS so they could increase their targeted feral animal control efforts."

Ms Faehrmann said allowing recreational hunters to shoot in national parks (it is already legal in state forests) was not genuine feral animal control.

"Ad hoc recreational shooting outside of a targeted feral animal control programs is not an effective way to control feral animals," she said.

"Included in the list of national parks in the firing line are places like the Macquarie Marshes and Myall Lakes – havens for internationally protected water birds. What on earth does the Government think it is doing allowing trigger-happy hunters into nature sanctuaries like this?"

Ms Faehrmann said the irony of the deal, which was brokered in exchange for the Shooters and Fishers Party supporting the Government's planned privatisation of power generators, was that hunters had introduced some of the worse feral animal problems to Australia, namely foxes and rabbits.

"This dirty deal is disgraceful and is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to attacks on national parks expected to come from the Shooters-O'Farrell alliance," she said.

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