RSPCA applauds rejection of NT croc safaris

RSPCA Australia congratulates Federal Environment Minister Mr Greg Hunt on his decision to reject plans for crocodile safari hunting in the Northern Territory.

The RSPCA has long opposed repeated proposals from the NT Government to allow safari hunting of large saltwater crocodiles because of the potential for cruelty and the extreme difficulty in enforcing animal welfare legislation in remote areas.

RSPCA Australia believes that any wildlife management program must be humane, justified, supported by scientific evidence and have clearly stated aims.

Safari hunting proposals fail to meet any of these requirements: there is no conservation benefit to be derived from safari hunting, it does not provide a means of controlling problem crocodiles, and animal welfare standards cannot be guaranteed.