The National Parks Association of NSW, along with a number of other community groups, is continuing their campaign against the proposed introduction of recreational shooting in national parks in NSW. Sentient is one of the many organisations supporting this campaign. Much has been said in the media about the risks to human safety, and there are already tragic precedents of people being mistakenly killed. We also wish to highlight the animal welfare issues inherent to the proposal. The majority of hunters are amateurs whose ability to identify ‘legal’ species cannot be guaranteed. This results in the death of native animals within the very parks that were designed to afford them environmental protection. Likewise, there are no guarantees of the shooting competency of recreational hunters. For this reason, hunting can cause immense suffering through injury and prolonged death of target and non-target species as well as habitat disturbance. Recreational hunting does not significantly reduce feral animal populations, so cannot be justified on these grounds. It is more likely to disperse feral animal populations to other areas, such as nearby farms. If you wish to take part in this campaign, please go to www.nohunting.com.au and click the link ‘write a letter’ to send a pre-written message to your local MP to lobby against plans to allow recreational shooting in national parks and to expand duck hunting in NSW.