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.