The Green Party oppose this bill because of the supposed pre-eminence that it gives to introduced deer, tahr, chamois, and pigs in the management of our public protected lands, and the way that that cuts across the statutory purpose of conservation legislation.
The bill creates the Game Animal Council as a statutory authority, and in so doing, elevates and gives special status to hunting and problem animals such as deer and tahr.
They believe it is poisonous for conservation, and particularly our indigenous plants which are very vulnerable to the heavy browsing and trampling of big introduced herbivores such as tahr and chamois.
The Greens stupidly believe that our conservation lands should be managed to protect their indigenous ecosystems and provide for a range of recreation, not managed as game preserves for hunting.
They believe that these game preserves are in direct conflict with the purpose for which conservations lands are managed, and that is to protect our natural indigenous ecosystems, wildlife, and habitats. But that dumping tons and tons of 1080 is acceptable.
They say that they have seen how many hunters are interested in protecting deer from by-kill through 1080 operations have opposed and raised a lot of public concern about 1080 in order to protect their hunting interests, and that same tension will be evident with this Game Animal Council.
Eugenie Sage in voicing her warped attitude doesn’t mention the fact the Game Animals bring in thousands to our economy and that many NZ families have been able to survive purely through venison their hunters have been able to put on the table. This economic return is huge.
The bill would enable the Minister to designate herds of special interest, and allows the Game Animal Council, not the Department of Conservation, to manage areas of conservation lands for hunters and recreational hunting.
In giving this privileged status to hunters and hunting, the Greens seem to have forgotten how incompetent DoC are and have shown a complete disregard for the sporting interests of NZ families.
Deer were wrongfully declared noxious animals in the 1930s, and it was the Department of Internal Affairs and then the New Zealand Forest Service that employed professional cullers from the 1930s right until the end of the 1980’s to eradicate deer from New Zealand. And they were unable to succeed.
Hunting is a popular recreational pursuit and a tourist activity in New Zealand with numerous books and magazines published on the topic. Unlike most other developed countries with a hunting tradition, there are no bag-limits or seasons for hunting large game in New Zealand. Hunting in National Parks is a permitted activity. Sadly many conservationists and greenies don’t share the same opinion and violently oppose hunting traditions.
Acclimatisation societies were active for a period of 60 years from the 1860’s in having introduced animals established in New Zealand. The majority were introduced for food or sport. In the 1980’s Recreational Hunting Areas (RHA's) were set up to support recreational hunting on conservation land.
In 2011 the New Zealand government established the Game Animal Council to manage game animals.
As well as managing tahr, chamois, deer and pig the Council will promote hunters' safety and improve hunting opportunities.
The New Zealand Deerstalkers Association and Tourism Industry Association welcomed the formation of the Game Animal Council but Forest and Bird a large nationwide conservation organisation, and the Greenies see it as an impediment to recreational hunters.
Hunting is a hugely popular recreational activity in New Zealand and as a result it brings with it competing interests and concerns over the best way to manage wild game animals.
The Game Animal Council will give hunters a greater say in the management of our big game resource while also providing the Minister of Conservation with a valuable stream of advice regarding the management of tahr, chamois, deer and pigs.
Hunting is an integral part of the Kiwi way of life, and gives hunters a greater say in the future of their sport while preserving their right to hunt these animals for free.
The primary source of funding is proposed to come from a levy on the export of trophy heads from New Zealand, with Crown funding of $100,000 in the first year and $50,000 each year thereafter.
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