Commenting on the cruel practices revealed in last night's ABC 7.30 program on pig dog hunting, Green Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said the report revealed that so called "conservation hunting" is nothing more than a blood sport that should be banned.
"The NSW Coalition government has the power to end this cruelty and they should act swiftly," Senator Rhiannon said.
"Feral pigs are causing massive damage to agriculture and the natural environment but pig dog hunting is not the solution.
"Control of feral animals should be conducted by professionals using the most humane methods possible.
"These examples of extreme cruelty are occurring in NSW because successive Labor and Coalition governments have done deals with Shooters Party MPs.
"The Game Council, the statutory body controlled by shooters, established by the former Labor government with the support of the Coalition and Shooters parties should be shut down and pig dog hunting banned.
"Government funding to the Game Council should be redirected to the Department of Primary Industries.
"Pig dog hunting contravenes the Codes of Practice for the humane culling of pigs developed by the Department of Primary Industries so the NSW government can quickly move to end this cruelty.
"The practice of using packs of dogs to maul and kill wild pigs is extremely cruel and exposes the Shooters Party farcical claims that 'conservation hunting' is the way to control feral animals," Senator Rhiannon said.