15th June 2012 The proposed introduction of crocodile safari hunting has
alarmed Humane Society International (HSI), which remains opposed to the safari
hunting of crocodiles.
"The NT Government has repeatedly requested the
introduction of crocodile safari hunting and this request has been repeatedly
denied by successive Environment Ministers,” said Alexia Wellbelove of Humane
Society International. “Allowing crocodiles, or any Australian native wildlife
to be hunted for trophies and commercial gain, is unacceptable and will damage
“We do not consider there to be adequate animal welfare
provisions included in the NT Government proposals,” continued Ms Wellbelove
“With money being the primary focus of the hunting, it is inevitable that
cruelty will occur as hunters attempt to kill as many crocodiles as possible.
The Federal Environment Minister must therefore reject this proposal.”
Hunting native animals for pleasure and to bag a trophy is a
practice that sickens most people. Human
attitudes to wildlife in Australia have advanced far beyond those associated
with trophy hunting, and animal welfare rates highly as a matter of public
HSI believes that crocodiles deserve to be protected,
especially from the unnecessary suffering and cruelty likely to result from
inaccurate and inexperienced hunters.
photo copyright: Michael Kennedy 2007
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