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The RSPCA has urged the Federal Government to reject the NT Government’s proposal to trial safari hunting of saltwater crocodiles in the Northern Territory.

The RSPCA is strongly opposed to the introduction of safari style crocodile hunting in the Northern Territory and this week made a submission to the Federal Government recommending the plans be thrown out. This recommendation was made as part of the RSPCA’s comments on the Draft Management Program for the Saltwater Crocodile in the Northern Territory of Australia, 2012-2014. The RSPCA believes that allowing crocodiles or any Australian native wildlife to be hunted for trophies and commercial gain is unacceptable.

“Safari hunting will do nothing to assist in the conservation of this iconic species. There is no evidence that safari hunts will provide tangible benefits to aboriginal landholders and any economic arguments should not overrule the ethical and welfare arguments against the killing of animals for sport,” said RSPCA Australia Chief Scientist, Dr Bidda Jones.

 “The only winners in this proposal would be a handful of wealthy international trophy hunters who get their kicks out of killing wildlife. The management of saltwater crocodiles should be firmly in the hands of trained and competent professionals, not tourists whose only aim is to bag a crocodile to show-off back home.

“RSPCA Australia has long opposed the hunting of animals for sport, because of the potential for cruelty and the extreme difficulty in enforcing animal welfare legislation in remote areas.

“We’re urging Minister Burke to follow the lead of previous federal Environment Ministers and reject these proposals for safari hunting, recognising  that this is not a suitable approach for the responsible management of crocodiles in the NT,” said Dr Jones.

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