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Australian Pig Doggers and Hunters Association hits back at Qld pig-dogging ban

 

Daniel Bateman, The Cairns Post

September 28, 2019 5:00am

 

AUSTRALIA’S official pig dogging body has hit back at claims the sport is cruel to all animals involved.

 

Sydney-based animal welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) this week launched a campaign, calling on the Queensland Government to ban the “blood sport”, suggesting pigs are mauled to death by dogs and dogs can be severely injured by cornered boars.

 

Ned Makim, of the Australian Pig Doggers and Hunters Association (APDHA), accused PETA of a “song and dance act” to inflame Queenslanders.

 

“They’re making unsubstantiated allegations about the vast majority of pig hunters who are operating in an ethical and legal manner,” he said.

 

The Inverell, NSW-based feral pig hunter and dog trainer said the suggestion that farmers switched to trapping pigs, rather than hunting the invasive animals with dogs.

 

“Pigs in groups are run by the matriarchal sow,” he said.

 

“If she’s had a bad experience with a trap previously, she can teach the other pigs in her mob not to go up to the trap.

 

“They’ll go up to them, take all the bait that’s outside, but they just won’t go on.”

 

He said poisoning pigs did not work, either.

 

“I’ve personally seen the matriarchal sow whack little piglets away from poison baits,” he said. “That’s why poison baits don’t work.

 

“Everything works to a degree: shooting from choppers, trapping them, baiting, hunting dogs but no one thing is the solution.

 

“You need to have every single option at your disposal, if you’re going to manage pigs.”

 

Mr Makim said, generally, pig dogging was a well controlled activity nationwide.

 

“We’ve got thousands of members and we have a code of conduct that people sign up to,” he said. “We work educating, not only pig hunters, but all hunters about issues to do with animal welfare.

 

“There’s a community expectation about how pig hunters will conduct themselves.”

 

Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch, who owns a cattle property on the Tablelands, said pig dogging was just one weapon in the arsenal.

 

“Pigs do such an extraordinary amount of damage in our region,” he said.

 

“The breed like rabbits, and if they are not controlled, we would lose the battle on this.

 

“That’s not to say you should be torturing them, but at the end of the day, pig dogging is part of controlling them.”

 

A News Corp poll conducted yesterday showed an overwhelming majority of readers (80 per cent) were supportive of dogs being used to hunt pigs.

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