Ferals not money-spinners

I write with reference to the article ‘To pay or not to pay’ (Australian Shooter, October 2018).  Joe Norris makes some reasonable points about landowners’ rights to create a revenue stream from the otherwise troublesome reality of pest species. But in stating “by paying to hunt you’re providing a reason for the continuing existence of these magnificent game animals,” he misses the mark.

Deer are feral, introduced pests that shouldn’t be cultivated and maintained purely for hunting activities. Like cane toads, Indian mynas, pigs, rabbits and buffaloes they must be indiscriminately eradicated to minimise their impact on our suffering ecosystem.  Sure, make the most of a bad situation, but don’t actively encourage the existence of feral animals for your own hip pocket.

Jarrad Smith, via email

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