Rock star's plea to MP: Save us from Splendour sniffer dogs

SHARP NOSES: Police sniffer dogs at the entrance to the 2013 Splendour In The Grass.
SHARP NOSES: Police sniffer dogs at the entrance to the 2013 Splendour In The Grass. The Northern Star

Update, 10.36am: BALLINA MP Don Page does not agree with a trial removal of sniffer dogs from Splendour in the Grass.

"I think personally it's better to send a message that illicit drug use is harmful and dangerous and if you want to engage in illegal activity at Splendour, chances are you will be caught," he said.


Initial report, 6.31am: ART vs Science vocalist Daniel McNamee has sent an email to Ballina MP Don Page detailing an apparent deadly downside of sniffer dogs at Splendour in the Grass.

McNamee posted the compelling email, which asks for a sniffer dog-free trial for one festival, on the music group's Facebook page at 9.09am on Monday and it was quickly gathering Facebook 'likes' and media attention.

The crux of his argument was "you will cut out the number of hospitalisations due to people panicking upon sight of the dogs and ingesting their whole weekend's supply of drugs".

"I'm sure you have witnessed the increase in illicit drug use in young people - I'm 30 and even in my lifetime I've seen the use of "ecstasy" (MDMA) in particular increase from a fringe activity practised by underground party-goers to something widespread and done by accountants, lawyers, doctors, university students - people of all walks of life," McNamee wrote.

You will cut out the number of hospitalisations due to people panicking upon sight of the dogs and ingesting their whole weekend's supply of drugs

"I think we can both agree that it is a dangerous activity, made all the more so by the manner in which it is produced, procured, and ingested.

"I have seen this first hand. People being led out of the festival to ambulances, eyes rolling in their heads. Concerned and panicking friends following and being told to try to relax. It's a horrid sight.

"This tragedy is all the more tragic because these people are often inexperienced drug users who might wait all year to go to one or two music festivals and ingest these substances there."

McNamee said the 2006 NSW Ombudsman's Report and Australia21 reports on the issue, which he attached to his email, support the argument.

Mr Page said he received the email from Mr McNamee on July 2.

"I passed on his request to the Ministers for Police and Health respectively for their consideration and response," he said.

"I have no response from either minister at this stage."

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