Snap Shots

Country Alliance videos; game for a tasty podcast; SSAA NSW expanding rapidly; big response to pro-hunter petition; complaints about SSAA ads thrown out; Lord’s Resistance Army killing elephants.

Country Alliance videos

Pro-shooting political party Country Alliance has released a series of online videos outlining its policies and approaches to the upcoming federal election. The videos introduce you to candidates and cover subjects as varied as four-wheel driving and the problems with the Greens. Check them out on the CA website.

Game for a tasty podcast?

Fancy a bit of game food? The latest episode of the Australian Hunting Podcast features Jason Spencer of local website Hunt Catch Cook. Jason talks about getting game meat from the field to your plate, covering techniques, recipes, hygiene and plenty more. He and host Jason Selmes even discuss horse meat, something commonly consumed in some places but not here in Australia. Tune in at the AHP website.

SSAA NSW expanding rapidly

The NSW branch of the SSAA is on track to exceed its membership ambitions. It recently announced it intended to have 50,000 members by the end of this year, on its way to 60,000 by the end of 2014. Less than halfway through 2013, the organisation is only 3000 members short of its initial target. With 47,000 paid-up members now on the books, SSAA NSW’s latest newsletter reports, “that number is growing every day as more and more people try the safe, fun and unique range of shooting sports for themselves”.

Big response to pro-hunter petition

A petition condemning the Greens for their vilification of hunters has exceeded 1100 signatures in just a few days, putting it well past halfway to its goal of 2000 signatures. “Offensive and vilifying epithets are routinely applied to hunters by The Greens in order to promote a state of fear and loathing, hatred and disdain in the Australian community in order to serve The Greens’ political ends,” the petition states in part, before calling on “Australian and NSW Governments to condemn the vilifying and bigoted hate statements of The Greens, immediately adopting a zero tolerance for their use wherever they may arise”. You can sign the petition and check its progress here.

Complaints about SSAA ads thrown out

The Advertising Standards Bureau has dismissed complaints about SSAA billboards that promote hunting. Complaints said, among other things, that hunting should not be advertised and that the billboards promoted violence. “The majority of the Board considered that the advertisement is presenting membership to a legitimate gun club in a manner which is encouraging the responsible use of weapons,” the ASB said in its report, adding that no advertising standards were breached.

Lord’s Resistance Army killing elephants

As authorities confirm elephant poaching is at the highest level ever recorded, infamous warlord Joseph Kony has been named as one of the people behind the illegal trade in ivory. The leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, who is wanted for crimes against humanity, is said to have ordered the killing of elephants in a Congolese national park. The tusks were allegedly sold to corrupt Arab traders and Sudanese army officers. Ivory, which is worth well over $2000 a kilogram, is funding the LRA’s brutal guerrilla campaign as well as a number of other rebel groups.




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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.