In 2012 the Western Australian Premier Collin Barnett and Fisheries Minister Norman Moore announced that the Government will allocate $6.85-million for its 'shark mitigation' strategy, in response to the wave of sharks bite incidents in the state.
$2 million of these funds was to be allocated to a new service to allow the Department of Fisheries to track, catch and, if necessary, destroy sharks (species not specified) in close proximity to beachgoers, including setting drum lines if a danger is posed.
Even though a report commissioned by the WA Department of Fisheries (August 2012) said,
In a poll conducted by The West Australian 82% of respondents said NO when asked the question 'Should Great White Sharks Be Culled? If that is not a clear message to the WA Government then we don't know what is.
According to Shark Alarm, a group that monitors shark activity in Australian waters, the state government’s decision may actually cause more damage than good, “People who love the ocean, and who respect that this species is endangered will now most likely refuse to report the sighting at all, in fear that the shark will be killed by the government”.
The proposed cull would be detrimental to a species already threatened with extinction. Pre-emptively killing sharks is simply an appeasement tactic, one of emotion rather than of real science.
CLICK HERE for our response to the WA shark
CLICK HERE for our response to the WA shark mitigation announcement.
Petitions to stop the WA cull:
(Click to help) WA: Prevent proactive killing of white sharks in Australia
(Click to help) WA: Stop the shark culling before it is too late
(Click to help) WA: End the West Australian Great White Shark Slaughter
(Click to help) WA: Make illegal the unprovoked killing of Great Whites
(Click to help) WA: Abandon your irresponsible policy to cull Great Whites
(Click to help) WA: Stop the killing of Great White Sharks
(Click to help) WA: Don't kill the white shark precautionary
(Click to help) WA: Stop the plan to kill sharks near WA beaches
(Click to help) WA: Stop the shark mitigation strategy
(Click to help) WA: Stop plan to kill Australian sharks
(Click to help) WA: People against WA shark cull
(Click to help) WA: Stop killing sharks in WA
Please write to the following WA Government officials to oppose the cull:
24th Floor, Governor Stirling Tower
197 St Georges Terrace
Perth, WA 6000
Telephone: +61 8 6552-5000 / Fax: (08) 6552-5001
29th Floor, Allendale
Perth, WA 6000
Telephone: +61 8 6552-6800 / Fax: (08) 6552-6801
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