The practice of using dogs to hunt feral pigs in state forests is inhumane and should be banned, a community forum has been told.
The forum, held on Thursday night in Sydney, came after the Game Council NSW, which regulates hunting in the state, opened seven more forests for 'pig dogging' in February.
'Dogging', as it is commonly known, is now permitted in 130 forests across the state.
Lynda Stoner from animal rights body Animal Liberation, told the forum the practice was cruel and should be outlawed.
'To call pig dogging conservation is a travesty,' Ms Stoner told the crowd of about 50 people at NSW Parliament.
'Pig dogging is the cruellest and the most barbaric form of hunting in this country and has to be banned.
'There are people who go out and do love what they're doing - it's a blood sport.'
Ruth Hatten, from Animal Protection Institute Voiceless, said dogging was a needlessly cruel way of killing a pig.
In many cases the practice also breached NSW animal protection laws, Ms Hatten said.
'The legislation is very clear, but these things happen because the legislation is not being enforced, and we need greater resources to make sure it is enforced' she said.
The NSW Greens, who organised the forum, said Game Council NSW and the Australian Pig Doggers and Hunters Association declined an invitation to speak at the event.
But Tristan Thompson, 22, who travelled from Bourke, in the northwest of the state, to attend the forum, wasn't afraid to defend the practice.
He said using dogs was a more humane way to control feral pigs than methods like baiting or shooting, which he said could leave the animal in pain for many days before it died.
Mr Thompson also said dogging was an effective form of conservation.
'In the place I hunt we've seen a reduction of about 50 per cent of pigs through the last three years of hunting,' he said.
'It's not purely recreation ... I enjoy seeing the dogs work.
'It's humane, but I guess the thing is, if you grew up in the city you're not going to know a thing about the country.'
A University of Technology Sydney conservation biologist, Daniel Ramp, said hunters had to 'get away from this idea that we can eradicate feral pigs'.
'Feral pigs in the future will be native pigs, they're there for our future,' he said.