Legislative Council: Tuesday, August 29, 2023


Unethical Hunting Practices

286 The Hon. S.L. GAME ().6 July 2023). Can the Department for Environment explain their opposition to unethical hunting practices while condoning the use of pindone poison in areas where native birds and wildlife are?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Climate, Environment and Water has advised:

The Department for Environment and Water regulates hunting in South Australia, in accordance with the requirements of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 and the Animal Welfare Act 1985.

The department is the custodian of an extensive conservation estate and must abide by the requirements made under the Landscape South Australia Act 2019 to control rabbits. Baiting is one recognised method for controlling rabbits. Pindone poison is approved by the Australian government's Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for rabbit control in South Australia. Pindone is used in South Australia subject to the PIRSA-administered Agricultural and Veterinary Products (Control of Use) Act 2002. Baiting with Pindone must be done in accordance with the label instructions. These instructions include requirements to protect non-target species.