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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

12 October 2006

Labor again confused: this time it's crocodiles

The Australian Labor Party has today revealed that it wants safari hunting of crocodiles in the Northern territory.

In the Senate today ALP Senator Trish Crossin attacked the Australian Government’s decision not to allow crocodile hunting in the Northern Territory, despite concerns about the cruelty of amateur hunting.

I support the professional culling of six hundred crocodiles per year in the Northern Territory. Culling is performed humanely and professionally under strict guidelines.

By comparison, amateur trophy hunting can—and does—leave crocodiles wounded and in distress.

"My decision not to approve licences which would allow trophy hunting of crocodiles in the Northern Territory is completely consistent with modern day humane thinking about wildlife. Amateur hunters have a sorry track record of not killing with the first shot and wounding their prey which then escape to die painfully and slowly.

"What's it to be – preserving and protecting Australia's wildlife or killing crocs for trophies. What is Labor's stance on crocodile shooting?"

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