Critics hit back at push to relax Queensland's hunting laws
AN ONLINE campaign to allow a trial of feral game hunting in Queensland's State Forests has attracted widespread support, but others remain unconvinced.
Many local farmers and hunters are backing the petition, which already has more than 8200 signatures.
The proposal's critics have responded in kind.
In a series of since-deleted Facebook comments, some Central & North Burnett Times readers questioned the conservationist agenda pushed by its proponents.
Those in opposition to changing to the law highlighted the safety risk of allowing shooters to roaming publicly-used land, frequently used for tourism and recreation, unchecked.
Others said the resulting increase in 4WD activity could contribute to the spread of noxious weeds.
A Department of Environment and Science spokesperson reiterated the government's official stance: recreational shooting in protected areas is not allowed.
"Protected areas and forests are established to provide for conservation while supporting a range of nature based recreational and tourism pursuits,” they said.
"The Department of Environment and Science has a duty to protect these areas and to ensure the safety of users.
"Pest control involving shooting does occur, however this is undertaken by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service through its network of trained and accredited rangers and contractors.
"There are no current plans to change the legislation to allow recreational shooting on protected areas.
"There are extensive leasehold and private lands across Queensland where recreational shooting can occur with the land owner's permission.”