Target: Western Australia Fishery Minister Ken Baston
Goal: Prevent future shark culls in Australian waters
Australia’s three-month program that killed at least 50 sharks recently ended. Now, the Australian government is talking about extending it to three years to make its beaches safer for swimmers. However, a vast majority of the sharks that were caught were tiger sharks and haven’t been responsible for any human fatalities in the past decade. This cull needs to be stopped, with humane solutions being adopted.
The Western Australian government recently caught 172 sharks and killed 50 of the largest animals in an effort to keep beaches safe for humans. Of course, the cull has sparked outrage by many conservationists. The program uses baited lines attached to floating drums to catch the sharks in popular beaches. The program was initiated because of a recent spike in shark attacks and fatalities. The government was growing concerned over the public’s safety and found a shark cull to be the best solution.
The program costs $20 million and allows for tiger, great whites, and bull sharks that are longer than 10 feet to be destroyed. Between the months of January and the end of April, some 50 tiger sharks were killed. The largest was 14.8 feet. However, no great whites were caught, which are responsible for most of the human fatalities. Fishery Minister Ken Baston believes that the policy has been a huge success and the Western Australian government is seeking approval to continue with the program for the next three years.
This program is discriminatory and there are other humane solutions that the Australian government can pursue. It is hypocritical of the Australian government to sue Japan for its whaling efforts when the nation is killing off its sharks as well. Sign this petition and tell the Fishery Minister not to approve this heinous policy.
Dear Fishery Minister Ken Baston,
Your government’s shark cull program recently came to an end, where sharks were caught and killed. This discriminatory policy resulted in the deaths of sharks who have not been responsible for any human fatalities in the recent decade. This program also did not catch great white sharks, which were responsible for the attacks on humans.
I am urging your government to stop implementing this policy in the future. There are other humane solutions to protect humans from sharks that do not involve killing them. Tagging sharks and looking for them via satellite imaging are avenues that the government can pursue without outraging the public. Please keep the concerns and welfare of animals in your policy.
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