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  1. Heads up everyone. It’s almost time for this year’s annual general meeting in Darwin NT. It will be on August 31 at the Livingstone Recreation Reserve hall. We’ll come back to you with times and the speakers’ list. Get there if you can... https://northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/destinations/darwin
  2. As part of the ongoing review of our operations, the Committee of Management has identified that our original Constitution, adopted when the APDHA formed in 2005, has not kept pace with the changing legal requirements for a representative body such as ours. We believe there are legal holes in the original document which leave the association and the members open to potential challenge from those who would like to see us removed from our role in defending your lifestyle and your future. On that basis we engaged a legal firm, Devenish Law, to review the Constitution and oversee suggested changes. However, nothing can happen until members have their say. We need your support to make the changes necessary to take us into the future, better equipped to handle the challenges to come. To change our Constitution we are required to put the matter to a vote, postal and/or in person with 75 per cent of votes received in favour of the move. The process is required to take no less than 60 days and every member must have the opportunity to vote either by post or in person at an extraordinary general meeting. To help you consider the issue, the old and the proposed new Constitutions will be in one place on the forum for members to read. The details of how to vote have been mailed to the addresses we have on record for all members so if you want to make sure your address is correct contact the office at info@apdha.org.au or call on 1300 364 648. Thanks.
  3. Go to 4:10 in this video to hear pig hunters given some praise in Qld Parliament. Only the second time we can find that pig hunters have been mentioned positively in any Parliament in Australia. First time was in NSW in 2011 by Robert Borsak of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party. This time it’s by Shane Knuth of Katters Australia Party. Make a note of who stands up for us and stand up for them. https://www.facebook.com/shaneknuthmp/videos/vb.180764285343226/571395913362730/?type=2&theater
  4. Things are even better. RSPCA NSW reached out to the APDHA today and while not saying sorry, came as close to it as they could. This is what they said: I would like to clarify some of the information that has been misrepresented in the article. The Information provided to the journalist did not go through the proper channels and was not authorised by RSPCA NSW. Claims in the article are factually incorrect and RSPCA NSW have no plans to drive dog owners out-of-town to less populated areas. RSPCA NSW does not endorse the idea that there are ‘dangerous’ breeds of dogs that should be removed from the local community. The RSPCA does not consider any dog of any size, breed or mix of breeds to be more dangerous and thus dogs should not be declared dangerous based on breed or appearance. Each individual dog should be assessed based on their behaviour. RSPCA NSW also takes issue with the examples of alleged hunting dog attacks used in the article, including the incident involving the one-year-old toddler in Inverell, as we fail to see the relevant connection between the incident and the messaging of this article. Because of the points raised above, RSPCA NSW requested a full retraction of the article and for the online version of the article to be taken down immediately. This is rare win for us. Now we have a tentative agreement to open up a line of communication to find what common ground we have while accepting their corporate position will be to oppose hunting and our will be to support it. This might not seem like much but it is. We are never going to be best friends but if we can work out a professional relationship there is less likelihood of media wars in the future.
  5. The RSPCA shafting their own rep was a bloody bonus. Took a bit of manoeuvring but pleasantly surprised by the turnaround.
  6. Finally, after much behind the scenes poking in the ribs, we’ve had a small win for pig hunters in relation to the RSPCA’s attack on Glen Innes pig hunters. We got to have our say and the State branch of the RSPCA backed away from the local rep’s comments. Negatives were I was misquoted once and they used a headshot of me that looks ridiculous. They didn’t do anything to the photo, I just look ridiculous ha ha. The misquote was that they said I said ‘the few underfed dogs etc etc...’ I didn’t say any dogs were underfed but I’m happy at this stage we have had our day and the RSPCA has turned on itself. https://www.gleninnesexaminer.com.au/story/5959254/call-for-dogs-to-be-removed-from-town-angers-both-hunters-and-the-rspca/?cs=422 The new report: Claims that dozens of hunting dogs were being abused in Glen Innes was simply not true, say both hunters and the state RSPCA branch. Ned Makim of the Australian Pig Doggers and Hunters Association (APDHA) has responded strongly to comments from a local RSPCA volunteer that dogs were being mistreated in town. Mr Makim said the comments displayed a "breathtaking bigotry". "And worse, the RSPCA, has sought to link the tragic death of an Inverell toddler to hunting in a cynical attempt to win political points. It's unbelievable," Mr Makim said. Local RSPCA volunteer and dog coordinator Brigitte Burridge argued earlier this month that dog owners should either treat their dogs properly or keep them out of town. "Either don't have them in town or, really, treat them with some respect. Treat them like you treat another dog," she said. But after her comments were reported, the state branch of the RSPCA contacted the Examiner to say it did not approve her comments. Ms Burridge had estimated there were a few dozen dogs being locked up for extended periods, not being fed or watered, and that these dogs potentially posed a risk to life and limb. But Mr Makim disagreed and said the number of dogs being abused in Glen Innes was about zero, and that even the few underfed animals were not a serious public safety risk. "A group's political views are its own business, even if those views contradict the group's legislative power requiring it to enforce the law without fear or favour. "But for the RSPCA to abuse its trusted position to attack a legitimate section of society going about their lawful business is reprehensible." Mr Makim said there was not one shred of proof presented to back up any of the RSPCA's claims that hunting dogs were involved in any of the incidents she alleged. "Far from it. People see things through their own bigotry and the fur baby cult has a lot to answer for," Mr Makim said. "The bigotry on display is breathtaking." Mr Makim said the APDHA supported the pursuit on animal cruelty cases and said any neglect or mistreatment should be pursued for the sake of the animal. He said the legal pig hunting community was outraged by the attack and wanted an apology. Meanwhile, RSPCA NSW said it did not endorse the idea that there are 'dangerous' breeds of dogs that should be removed from the local community. "The RSPCA does not consider any dog of any size, breed or mix of breeds to be more dangerous and thus dogs should not be declared dangerous on the basis of breed or appearance. Each individual dog should be assessed based on their behaviour," a statement from the organisation said.
  7. We were asked in another post what the APDHA’s objectives for the next 12 months were? i answered on that post but thought I’d repost here in case anyone missed it. Expanding our access to NT national parks. Expanding access for night hunting in NSW state forests. Supporting the push for public land hunting in NSW. Continued work On overturning the ban on pig hunting with dogs in Victoria. This year we are looking at an environmental approach using the Otway Black Snail as the door opener. Similarly we are developing flyers etc on hunting in cassowary country to show our environmental credentials. In NSW we have the same thing going on with freshwater turtles. Having an environmental position seperate to rec hunting is all about moving the goalposts for those attacking us. We are working on a heads of agreement concept with other hunting dog organisations in Australia to find the common ground on which we can all support one another. More bodies singing from the same hymn book. Expanding our research base to provide members with the tools to argue for their relevance in the community. Updating our Consitution to withstand the legal attack on our existence we understand is coming. Expanding our role in social media to help educate hunters on how best to present our lifestyle for our long term future. Expanding our presence in print media. Attending more public events. For this we need more people willing to support the committee by learning the ropes and giving up their time off. improving our web site admin. Expanding our merchandise range. Developing training opportunities for members. Hunting, dog training, handling the media, long term leadership. That’s the list. It’s a big list for a handful of volunteers but we ar up for it. What we need though is more bodies to help. Anyone interested?
  8. Expanding our access to NT national parks. Expanding access for night hunting in NSW state forests. Supporting the push for public land hunting in NSW. Continued work On overturning the ban on pig hunting with dogs in Victoria. This year we are looking at an environmental approach using the Otway Black Snail as the door opener. Similarly we are developing flyers etc on hunting in cassowary country to show our environmental credentials. In NSW we have the same thing going on with freshwater turtles. Having an environmental position seperate to rec hunting is all about moving the goalposts for those attacking us. We are working on a heads of agreement concept with other hunting dog organisations in Australia to find the common ground on which we can all support one another. More bodies singing from the same hymn book. Expanding our research base to provide members with the tools to argue for their relevance in the community. Updating our Consitution to withstand the legal attack on our existence we understand is coming. Expanding our role in social media to help educate hunters on how best to present our lifestyle for our long term future. Expanding our presence in print media. Attending more public events. For this we need more people willing to support the committee by learning the ropes and giving up their time off. improving our web site admin. Expanding our merchandise range. Developing training opportunities for members. Hunting, dog training, handling the media, long term leadership. That’s the list. It’s a big list for a handful of volunteers but we ar up for it. What we need though is more bodies to help. Anyone interested?
  9. So absolutely nothing published about our position. I gave a call in to the editor to find out what’s going on but it feels like they are just ignoring us. I am exploring other avenues...
  10. Very hard not to lose it with this bloke. I’ve asked for the recording of the interview too because I think he’s going to flick us around and I want a bit of back up.
  11. Just completed an infuriating interview with the Glen Innes Examiner. I am not confident we will get our side in print properly at all. We will know Wednesday.
  12. UPDATE: Tim Pratt has got onto us and wants to redirect offers and donations direct to the Sisters of the North group. He tells us the response has been huge to the hat project but it’s now best to cut out that step and go direct to the people helping. He thanks everyone for ordering the caps but wants streamline the idea. So look for Sisters of the North on FB or go direct to https://sistersofthenorth.org.au/ to find out how to help. Cheers. My Pratt hat has arrived. On February 21 on this page I asked pig hunters nationwide to support the landholders and communities of the Queensland Gulf country deal with the aftermath of the massive flood that wiped out hundreds of thousands of cattle by buying a Pratt hat. There’s a whole story why it’s this hat that works and I’ll repeat it at the end of this post, but the point is to get one of these hats, effectively donate a few bucks to a local Gulf charity that’s on the ground helping out, and then wear it to show the hunting community’s solidarity with the Gulf, preferably while visiting the Gulf and spending a few more dollars. Send us a photo of you in your cap and your APDHA gear if you have it. We’ll publish it here and elsewhere as a practical demonstration of the hunting community’s commitment to rural Australia. Cheers, Ned. The background from Feb 21. The APDHA committee recently asked me to look for ways pig hunters could show their solidarity with the landholders and communities of the Queensland Gulf Country after that devastating flood that killed hundreds of thousands of cattle. It’s quite a challenge, what can we do, what will help? And the truth is we a still looking for the best way forward. However, there is one thing we can all do right now. Buy a Pratt Cattle Transport cap. Last week the PM wore one during an interview and a few smarmy, half smart urban media types thought it was hilarious. See, the word pratt is, in very limited circles, another word for dickhead. It was funny to them that the PM would wear a cap that, to some involved in getting our news to us, effectively said dickhead. Now, this is not about the PM. Scott Morrison might be a raging dickhead for all I know. I’ve never met him and I’m unlikely to. The cap was actually a representation of Gulf country family business and that was lost on the urban elite. However, in typical Gulf style, people started buying the caps, then more people started buying the caps. Then the Pratt’s decided to give the cap proceeds to a local charity, Sisters of the North, helping flood victims on the ground right now. So I paid my $30 and I’ll happily risk some city journo making fun of me if it goes a small way to raising awareness of the ongoing flood devastation in the gulf. I think we pig hunters should all buy a cap. In fact I’d love to see photos of you in your Pratt caps. I’ll publish them here. (Of course getting them will be the issue. They’ve sold out a couple of times because it’s all being done by a mob called Gumnut Designz in Longreach, not metro Australia. But I don’t care. I’ll wait knowing that a few of my dollars will help add to the pile being used in Gulf communities). Pig hunters are a part of the rural and regional landscape regardless of where you all live. City based and regional hunters spend their money in the bush and country communities know that. Don’t just watch the news about stuff like the flood. Do something. Buy a Pratt hat and message the page with your photos. Click on the link below. Cheers, Ned. https://gumnutdesignz.com/collections/frontpage-1/products/pratt-cattle-transport-cap
  13. There was a targeted attack on Pig Doggers in the Glen Innes Examiner on Wednesday. It was brought to my attention last night. Here is a link to the original report and my response. There is no guarantee they will publish any or all of the response so I’m publishing it everywhere I can to give Doggers something they might be able to use. The original Glen Innes Examiner report…http://www.gleninnesexaminer.com.au/story/5937290/hunting-dogs-are-too-dangerous-for-town-rspca/?cs=422 MEDIA RELEASE An attack on legal Glen Innes pig hunters and their dogs has been described as a political stunt masquerading as concern about animal welfare. The attack by the RSPCA’s Brigitte Burridge also displayed a ‘breathtaking bigotry’, according to the Australian Pig Doggers and Hunters Association National President Ned Makim of Inverell. “And worse, the RSPCA, has sought to link the tragic death of an Inverell toddler to hunting in a cynical attempt to win political points. It’s unbelievable,” Mr Makim said. Mr Makim’s comments follow the Wednesday online publication of a series of unsubstantiated claims by Ms Burridge that dogs used as part of the management of feral pig populations in the Glen Innes area were often mistreated, confined in cages and underfed. The Examiner report then went onto link pig hunters, by inference, with drug dealing, dog fighting and the death of a toddler. “It’s just bizarre. The RSPCA has a political position opposing hunting. Nothing to do with cruelty nor animal welfare. It is just blind opposition,” Mr Makim said. “A group’s political views are its own business, even if those views contradict the group’s legislative power requiring it to enforce the law without fear or favour. “But for the RSPCA to abuse its trusted position to attack a legitimate section of society going about their lawful business is reprehensible.” Mr Makim said there was not one shred of proof presented to back up any of the RSPCA’s claims that hunting dogs were involved in any of the incidents she alleged. “Far from it. People see things through their own bigotry and the fur baby cult has a lot to answer for,” Mr Makim said. “ The bigotry on display is breathtaking.” “To a group that believes an unhealthy, obese dog is loved, a fit, athletic working dog can appear underfed. It’s the same for armchair athletes watching long distance runners at the Olympics. Those runners will look underfed if your opinion is formed sitting on your lounge with a pizza on your lap.” Mr Makim said the APDHA absolutely supported the pursuit of animal cruelty cases. Any neglect or mistreatment should be pursued for the sake of the animal. “But that can’t be done on the basis of bigotry against legal, ethical hunters who love and provide the utmost care for their working dogs. Why not start with the people over feeding their dogs and denying them the capacity to be a happy, psychologically balanced animal?” Mr Makim said he sympathised with anyone who had lost a pet to a dog, whether or not it was a legitimate attack or the unmanaged pet invaded the dogs’ space. However, to use that as the basis for ‘dobbing in’ hunters was just ridiculous. “And the use of a tragedy in Inverell with absolutely no link to hunting or hunting dogs to support an already unsustainable political position is just too cynical for words.” Mr Makim said the legal pig hunting community was outraged by the attack and wanted an apology. Ned Makim APDHA National President 0412750390 March 7, 2019
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