Angry hunters will gather in Sydney in August to protest the abolition of the NSW Game Council and O'Farrell government's decision to stop hunting in state forests.

Hunting rally gathers momentum


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The word is spreading about the rally to save hunting on publicland in NSW with gun clubs and associations indicating they’ll be gettingbehind the August 14 event.

A Facebook page has attracted more than 1500 supporters anda new website has been set up with outlines of conduct at the rally to bestaged at Hyde Park in Sydney with a march to Parliament House.

Organiser of the event, Mick Zoricic, said he’s expectinga good turnout.

“The word has spread around shooting clubs, shooting forums,etc, so hopefully we will have a good turnout ,” he said.

“The key message for the rally will be public education. Ashunters we all know the damage and effects caused by feral animals in thiscountry but it’s the general public and government that aren’t too aware of thereal situation out in the bush.”

The further restriction on the fundamental right to hunt isanother of the messages expected to be put forward at the rally, which cameabout after the abolition of the NSW Game Council and suspension of hunting instate forests.

“Like most hunters, I was shock,” said Mr Zoricic after theO’Farrell government announcement. “How can a system set up by the government,which has been running successfully for years, be suddenly shut down?”

The move appears to have galvanised hunters not only in NSWwith interstate hunters indicating they will attend as the groundswell ofsupport for the protest gathers momentum.

“People are worried it will be a small rally but that’s howthe Greens started out and look where it’s got them,” Mr Zoricic said.

Visit the Facebook page here and the official rallywebsite here.


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