Australia says no to controversial crocodile hunting plan

Posted Mar 29, 2014 by Kev Hedges
A controversial plan to allow safari hunters in Australia's Northern Territory state to kill crocodiles, has been rejected by the federal government in Canberra.
Saltwater croc chillin  before the killin .
Saltwater croc chillin' before the killin'.
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Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt said "trophy hunting" would not be appropriate. The proposal, which was backed by the authorities and governors in Northern Territory, would have permitted up to 50 crocodiles to be shot for sport. Currently, 500 crocodiles are culled in the region every year.
Those that put the proposal forward in the first place, argue the plan would bring in much-needed income for some of the indigenous people in the region. But Greg Hunt's decision to reject the plan has angered some Territorians living in some parts of Australia's remote outback. Bess Price, Minister for Wildlife and Parks said, "Greg Hunt has made a decision which will do nothing to improve the lives of indigenous Territorians living in remote communities," as reported in BBC Asia News.
Salt water crocodiles can grow up to 23ft long and weigh more than a tonne; and the Environment Minister felt there was too greater "risk of cruel and inhumane treatment."
Opponents to the decision believe that the federal government has been rattled by animal rights lobbyists and has slammed Canberra for a "short sighted and ill-informed decision.”