Taronga Western Plains Zoo is in a bit of a bother because it sold Indian Blackbuck to private owners, people who want the State of NSW to allow private reserves for 'canned hunts'. Calls for Taronga Zoo welfare chief to resign Bob McComb buys antelope | Dubbo Zoo sells antelope to shooter | Erik Jensen The NSW Govt is beholden to a small, issues specific political party called the Shooters Party. They first wanted the govt to allow shooters into national parks to hunt feral and native fauna such as kangaroos, galahs, cockatoos and ducks. (note they can do this outside of National Parks on private properties). That failed so now they are after private reserves for exotic deer etc. They say this will promote conservation. (There isn't a hysterical laugghter smilie). The bloke in one of the articles says he isn't talking about hunting giraffes and elephants because he is sensitive to the public continuim of acceptance, ie he wants to hunt them but he knows that there would be too much of a public outrage if he did. I have no sypathy for this idea at all. However I would be interested to hear what other members have to say about the issue.