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Is hunting feral pigs with dogs legal in Australia?

Article ID: 295
Last updated: 02 Dec, 2016
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Unfortunately, hunting of pigs with dogs is still a legal activity in some parts of Australia, including Queensland and New South Wales. This allows dogs to be used to flush out or locate feral pigs but they are not permitted to bring them down, however there is no evidence that this distinction is being enforced in either State.

The RSPCA accepts that in some circumstances there is a need to control introduced animals such as feral pigs, but we firmly believe that any control measures used must be justified, effective and humane. This is not the case with hunting pigs with dogs. Recreational hunting of pigs does not have any significant effect in reducing the agricultural or environmental impacts of these animals, pig hunters do not apply their activities in a coordinated manner nor do they target their efforts in ways that would reduce impacts, and pig hunting results in unnecessary and considerable suffering for both pigs that are hunted and the dogs that are used to hunt them.

‚ÄčThe RSPCA is opposed to recreational hunting, or the act of stalking or pursuing an animal and then killing it for sport, due to the inherent and inevitable pain and suffering caused.

See the article What happens when dogs are used to hunt feral pigs for more information.

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Also read
document How are dogs used for hunting?
document What happens when dogs are used to hunt feral pigs?
document Is it legal to use dogs to hunt deer?
document Where can I find information on best practice management of feral pigs?
document RSPCA Policy C10 Hunting of animals for sport

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