Karl’s croc comments backed by expert
Today Show host, Karl Stefanovic, accidentally spoke some sense this week when he remarked that it was ridiculous how over-protected Australian crocodiles were and that he “didn’t mind trophy hunting”. According to the Herald Sun, Karl’s apparently tongue in cheek comment brought support from crocodile expert, Grahame Webb, who agreed that trophy hunting was “one of the most powerful conservation tools in the world”.
Hunter pleads guilty to shooting his son
From New Zealand this week comes news that a father has pleaded guilty to shooting dead his son in a hunting accident on Stewart Island in New Zealand in March. According to this clip from 3 News (NZ), the man will be sentenced later this year. As a father who regularly hunts with my own three sons, this story makes me feel sick to my stomach and desperately sad for everyone involved. Please be careful out there!
RSPCA to pay for killing 131 cows that “would have survived”
The RSPCA has been ordered to pay more than $1.4 million in compensation to two farmers after an RSPCA officer unecessarily killed 131 of their cattle on their farm near Warrnambool (Vic) in 2003. The 9 News website reports that the County Court judge found that although the cattle were thin, they would have survived and that the RSPCA officer acted in haste, to avoid confrontation, or out of impatience.
Steer kill furore
According to this piece in The Age, Victorian detectives have identified three men they believe were involved in an illegal cattle “hunt” in northern Victoria, after Police posted their photos on Facebook. In the Herald Sun, however, one of the men identified has hit back at Police, threatening a defamation case and claiming the steer in the photo was killed years ago with the permission of the farmer because it was unwell. There is surely more to this story than meets the eye.
Another win for HuntFest
In another win for organisers of HuntFest, Eurobodalla councillor Gabi Harding has unsuccessfully called for the council to revoke its approval of the expanded festival, on advice it may have been illegal. The Batemans Bay Post reports that Harding motion was easily defeated in a council vote on Tuesday.