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Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

AN­I­MAL rights groups have called for hun­ters to be sub­ject to com­pul­sory breath test­ing – much like driv­ers.

Hun­ters and those bear­ing arms can­not be un­der the in­flu­ence of booze or drugs when in con­trol of firearms. An­i­mal pro­tec­tion groups say the law does not go far enough and hun­ters should be sub­jected to ran­dom tests.

Hun­ters or those bear­ing arms could refuse a breath test but it is un­der­stood po­lice would be able to arrest them if they sus­pected some­one car­ry­ing a weapon was in­tox­i­cated.

Vic­to­rian Ad­vo­cates for An­i­mals spokesman Lawrence Pope said his group had seen shoot­ers drink­ing heav­ily the night be­fore a dawn hunt.

But hun­ters and po­lice rub­bished the claims, say­ing that au­thor­i­ties fo­cused on shoot­ing hot spots.

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