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Another call to ban legal, ethical hunters...
The APDHA has been asked for a response and will provide it next half hour. When it will make the paper is a matter for the newsroom but there are already positives.
The first is that the APDHA has been asked to add its voice to the discussion on behalf of hunters.
The second is that pig Doggers have already been defended in print by Dubbo community representatives.
That’s the good news here.

Now please consider any public responses you might want to make on the matter. The haters will be looking for evidence that we are all just boofheads and aggressive as well. Be calm, be respectful and watch your language. WWE are being supported by the Dubbo community. Show them we are worthy of that support...

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This is our response...

 

Our response to the latest call to ban us...
(See the relevant report below)

A NSW Labor MPs call to ban pig dogging is a direct threat to a national African Swine Fever early warning strategy designed to link hunters, domestic pork producers and government agencies from coast to coast.
Pig hunters, through the Australian Pig Doggers and Hunters Association, have been instrumental in bringing together a national awareness campaign on the threat posed by African Swine Fever which has already reach East Timor.
The APDHA is also partnering with the Northern Territory’s Department of Primary Industry and Resources and Australian Pork Ltd to develop a wild pig population sampling program to flag any incursion of AFS through the northern wetlands.

APDHA National Vice President Mr Ned Makim said yesterday’s call by NSW Labor’s treasury spokesman Walt Secord was, at best, an ill considered headline grab which had the potential to do real harm to Australia’s Biosecurity.
“We (the APDHA) represent thousands of legal, ethical hunters who have fully supported the management committee’s proactive stance on African Swine Fever.
“Indeed our quick movement to organise representatives to undergo wildlife disease investigation training under the direction of the NT’s DPI and R Biosecurity and Animal Welfare Group has demonstrated the commitment of pig hunters to support their communities against this very real disease threat.
“Why, at this crucial time would anyone be seeking to eliminate a key group in the nation’s Biosecurity strategy?”
Mr Makim said the timing of Mr Secord’s attack on legal hunters indicated he either did not know anything about the African Swine Fever threat or did not care.
“Either way, it’s a bizarre position for an MP to take.”
Mr Makim said the APDHA was also in the process of calling a meeting of all hunting organisations to further expand the potential field surveillance potential of the hunting community, was already deeply engaged in the Queensland government and industry response to the ASF threat and had received the backing of Federal Agriculture Minister Senator Bridget McKenzie for the organisation’s National at awareness campaign.
He said pigdogging was a major contributor to the economy through its roles in the management of a serious pest species and the financial outlay by professional and part time hunters on equipment, fuel and vehicles.
“It’s also an essential tool in the range of methods available to control feral pig numbers. As soon as you seek to eliminate one of the options for pig management at the disposal of private and public landholders and managers, you weaken the entire strategy.
“We understand some sectors of the community can find pig dogging challenging. That’s why we continue to work with governments and industry groups Australia-wide to make sure what we are doing meets all legal requirements particularly in relation to animal welfare.
“I just can’t understand Mr Secord’s motivation to launch such an emotive and bigoted attack on legal hunters, especially at a time they were working to defend not only our natural environment but the domestic pork industry as well…”

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Had a few people blowing up to me about the unfairness of it all....

These people, who attack us, don’t give a :naughty: about us, the cockies, what we do, whatever. It’s all part of the game. They want headlines so their voters can say ‘look at Fred. He’s fighting for us, we should support him’. :naughty: all of them are staunch.
We just have to counter as best we can and embed ourselves as best we can with government departments, industry bodies, anyone. The African Swine Fever thing is a great example. The NT committee members built good relationships to the point at which various important people asked to come to our AGM. (First time ever...) Those people told us they thought AFS was very important. So it became very important to us and we started talking to members and others about it. Nek minut...we are being recognised by the Federal Ag Minister, in public, for our hard work...
Don’t get bogged down in what’s fair. We win or we lose based on the rules of the game and fair has got nothing to do with it. Stay cool, stay calm but focus and aim. That’s the heart of our media and PR strategy.
I’ll say now it is very hard for me to not blow up about most of the s*** that’s said about us. However, if I issue get :naughty: notices all over the place, the media won’t touch me. As it stands, the media is running lots of what we say, we are developing friendships in high places and we are showing we are useful in an emergency.
What individuals can do is keep themselves clean and calm, encourage their friends to stay calm and respectful and work to educate young blokes, the uneducated and dumb bastards to keep damaging s*** off social media.

Rant concludes haha...

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28 minutes ago, Dogmann said:

keep damaging s*** off social media

I just saw some crumpet put a video up of a piglet with rope tied to its back leg and a pup they are trying to sell jumping all over it and biting it - brain dead, what chance have we got.

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The Daily Liberal has published our response today....

 

The Australian Pig Doggers and Hunters Association say ban call is baffling

By Craig Thomson

The Australian Pig Doggers and Hunters Association (APDHA) has congratulated deputy mayor Stephen Lawrence for his support of pig dogging.

APDHA National Vice President Ned Makim said a ban on pig dogging would directly threaten a national African Swine Fever early warning strategy designed to link hunters, domestic pork producers and government agencies from coast to coast.

Cr Lawrence recently slammed shadow treasurer Walt Secord's call for a ban on pig dogging.

Mr Makim said Mr Secord's call was, at best, an ill-considered headline grab which had the potential to do real harm to Australia's Biosecurity.

"Mr Lawrence's response displays a greater understanding of the pressure under which our primary producers are operating and the contribution legal, ethical hunters can make to the community," he said.

"Pig hunters, through APDHA, have been instrumental in bringing together a national awareness campaign on the threat posed by African Swine Fever which has already reached East Timor.

"The APDHA is also partnering with the Northern Territory's Department of Primary Industry and Resources and Australian Pork Ltd to develop a wild pig population sampling program to flag any incursion of AFS through the northern wetlands."

Mr Makim said the APDHA represent thousands of legal, ethical hunters who fully support a proactive stance on African Swine Fever.

"Indeed our quick movement to organise representatives to undergo wildlife disease investigation training under the direction of the NT's DPI and R Biosecurity and Animal Welfare Group has demonstrated the commitment of pig hunters to support their communities against this genuine disease threat," he said.

"Why, at this crucial time, would anyone be seeking to eliminate a key group in the nation's Biosecurity strategy?"

Mr Makim said the timing of Mr Secord's attack on legal hunters indicated he either did not know anything about the African Swine Fever threat or did not care.

"Either way, it's a bizarre position for an MP to take."

Mr Makim said the APDHA was also in the process of calling a meeting of all hunting organisations to expand the field surveillance potential of the hunting community further.

He said the Association was already deeply engaged in the Queensland government and industry response to the ASF threat and had received the backing of Federal Agriculture Minister Senator Bridget McKenzie for the organisation's National awareness campaign.

He said pig dogging was a significant contributor to the economy through its roles in the management of a serious pest species and the financial outlay by professional and part-time hunters on equipment, fuel and vehicles.

"It's also an essential tool in the range of methods available to control feral pig numbers. As soon as you seek to eliminate one of the options for pig management at the disposal of private and public landholders and managers, you weaken the entire strategy," Mr Makim said.

"We understand some sectors of the community can find pig dogging challenging. That's why we continue to work with governments and industry groups Australia-wide to make sure what we are doing meets all legal requirements, particularly concerning animal welfare.

"I just can't understand Mr Secord's motivation to launch such an emotive and bigoted attack on legal hunters, especially at a time they were working to defend not only our natural environment but the domestic pork industry as well."

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