Radio National Bush Telegraph: More hunting on the cards?

Victorian Agriculture Minister, Peter Walsh, claims hunting is the state’s second biggest tourism money earner and he wants spend nearly $18 million to lure more hunters from interstate and overseas.

While I’m not against the idea of hunting per se, I’m concerned about justifying hunting as a conservation tool.

Shooting fast-breeding feral animals such as rabbits and foxes is unlikely to have much impact on overall numbers — they reproduce far too quickly.

The evidence for successful ‘conservation hunting’ is fairly weak.

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