Police need to crack down on poachers

LETTER

Right when we see terrorism of the worst kind in the Churchurch mosques, our police force is not showing leadership with terror of a different kind within our farming communities.

Poachers illegally enter private land at night with high-powered rifles, with silencers and spotlights, to kill sheep, cattle and wildlife.

The use of spotlights is banned by the NZ Deerstalkers Association because the background is unseen. Their use is considered very dangerous as well as unsporting.

Farmers have serious problems with poachers and cannot approach them, as they risk being shot in any confrontation.

New gun laws have been implemented rather quickly following the Christchurch terror attack, but one area might be being overlooked — illegal poaching on private land.

The poachers invite confrontations and the risk of somebody being shot, or bullets striking homes in unseen backgrounds beyond the spotlight vision.

The New Zealand Police have not been hard enough on this serious firearm offending. Some farmers describe it as the “slap of a wet bus ticket”.

A very strong deterrent needs to be applied. Police need to recognise their obligations following the atrocities in Christchurch, and apply the full force of new firearm regulations.

Recently poachers caught in the Wairarapa district got infringement notices, like a speeding ticket fine. After trespassing with high-powered guns, they didn’t necessarily lose their firearms licences. Police suggested the payment of reparations.

In this Wairarapa farmer’s case, poaching has been going on for years. Maybe the poachers know the farmer is in a wheelchair after suffering a stroke. How sad is that?

Tougher penalities for poaching should include the confiscation of weapons and cars, and in some cases imprisonment.

Let’s finally get on top of this problem in our countryside and all the dangers it poses. The NZ Farmers magazine is full of it. Farmers and the public need to be listened to.

Banning military-type weapons is not enough, the Government needs to address all illegal use of firearms.

It is not the rifle that kills but the person using it.

Alain Jorion

NZ Deerstalkers Association member

Right when we see terrorism of the worst kind in the Churchurch mosques, our police force is not showing leadership with terror of a different kind within our farming communities.

Poachers illegally enter private land at night with high-powered rifles, with silencers and spotlights, to kill sheep, cattle and wildlife.

The use of spotlights is banned by the NZ Deerstalkers Association because the background is unseen. Their use is considered very dangerous as well as unsporting.

Farmers have serious problems with poachers and cannot approach them, as they risk being shot in any confrontation.

New gun laws have been implemented rather quickly following the Christchurch terror attack, but one area might be being overlooked — illegal poaching on private land.

The poachers invite confrontations and the risk of somebody being shot, or bullets striking homes in unseen backgrounds beyond the spotlight vision.

The New Zealand Police have not been hard enough on this serious firearm offending. Some farmers describe it as the “slap of a wet bus ticket”.

A very strong deterrent needs to be applied. Police need to recognise their obligations following the atrocities in Christchurch, and apply the full force of new firearm regulations.

Recently poachers caught in the Wairarapa district got infringement notices, like a speeding ticket fine. After trespassing with high-powered guns, they didn’t necessarily lose their firearms licences. Police suggested the payment of reparations.

In this Wairarapa farmer’s case, poaching has been going on for years. Maybe the poachers know the farmer is in a wheelchair after suffering a stroke. How sad is that?

Tougher penalities for poaching should include the confiscation of weapons and cars, and in some cases imprisonment.

Let’s finally get on top of this problem in our countryside and all the dangers it poses. The NZ Farmers magazine is full of it. Farmers and the public need to be listened to.

Banning military-type weapons is not enough, the Government needs to address all illegal use of firearms.

It is not the rifle that kills but the person using it.

Alain Jorion

NZ Deerstalkers Association member

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Bulldozerdan - 3 months ago
Alain
For starters, I suspect you have no idea what you are on about.
1. We do not have "silencers" we have suppressors in NZ. Silencers are Hollywood fiction.
2. Shooting farm stock is rustling, not poaching. Poaching is illegal hunting of wild game such as deer or pigs. Rustling is stealing farmers' stock, which by the way I have found other farmers guilty of as well. I have heard cases of hundreds of lambs missing as well as dozens of cattle going walkabout. That's other farmers helping themselves.
3. No Arms Act has covered illegal hunting as it is covered under another act, Wild Animal Control Act 1977.
4. How are you a member of the NZDA when there hasn't been a branch in Gisborne for donkey's years?
5. Your statement that the NZDA has "banned" spotlighting. NZDA is just a voluntary organisation that means little these days.
6. Are you not aware that round two of proposed arms based legislation is upcoming? Did you put in a submission about the last one?
Please stop writing letters to the editor about subjects you have no real knowledge about.

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