Keep Great White Sharks Protected
  • Petitioned Norman Moore, Western Australia's Fisheries Minister

This petition was delivered to:

Norman Moore, Western Australia's Fisheries Minister

Keep Great White Sharks Protected

    1. Camilla Smith
    2. Petition by

      Camilla Smith

      Houston, TX

There was recently a fatal great white attack on Ben Linden, a surfer in the Western Australian waters. This attack has prompted the Western Australian government to consider taking great white sharks off of the protected species list. If this were to happen, one of the most extraordinary specimens on this earth could be threatened by the possibility of an exponential increase of being hunted. Moore himself said he would push to allow recreational and commercial fishing of great whites. Great white sharks are top level predators in many of the marine ecosystems around the world. Their role at the top of the food chain means they control many populations of the oceans. Removal of this top level predator could be devastating for an ecosystem and could lead to irreversible effects or complete collapse of an ecosystem. This has been witnessed before in other areas where the top level predator was removed. Although the death of Ben is devastating, we should not see this as an opportunity to wipe out his killer. Through many misconceptions about sharks many people believe they are specifically hunting for humans. This is not the case; it is usually a case of mistaken identity. In 2011 there were 12 deaths from unprovoked shark attacks. Compare that to the tens of millions of sharks slaughtered each year for shark fin soup. Who is the real killer here?

 

For more information

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jul/16/marine-life-wildlife

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9404940/Once-bitten-forever-demonised.html

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/fish/great-white-shark/

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
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      Camilla Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for your support of these magnificent creatures. We have a little under a month left to get the second half of the signatures needed. Please pass this petition along to friends and family as well as posting it on the social media site of your choosing. Every little bit can help, thank you all so much!

      Camilla Smith

    3. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Samantha Hawkins WEST MIDLANDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      Great white sharks should NOT be taken off the protected list. These incredible, majestic creatures have been around a lot longer than us, and yet we think we have the right to say they should be unprotected. Numbers are already suffering due to finning and the so called delicacy that is shark fin soup. I can't bear to think what would happen if they were taken off the protected list. I feel so strongly about the subject of Great Whites, I have recently done my college presentation on them and the gravity of their situation. Unfortunately, due to Jaws and it's ilk, most people think White Sharks are mindless killers, intent on nothing but slaughtering humans. This is NOT the case. I think humans are skilled at justification. Every year over 100 millions sharks are killed and yet we depict THEM as bloodthirsty killers. They are complex creatures, hard-wired, to discover THEIR world.

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    • Skye Culley AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      The ocean is the sharks territory not ours. We enter their domain at our own risk, why should they be killed for trying to survive?

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    • Chloé Simoes PARIS, FRANCE
      • about 2 years ago

      Because the sharks are incredible animals , don"t understood , every yeas more the 150 millions are killed , we have to help them.

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    • Mark Doggendorf BROOKELAND, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      This is important to me because it is common sense that the fate of entire species is not to be a pawn in the hands of any group of people.

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    • ashley wright SATELLITE BEACH, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Its sad about the surfer but at the same time, surfers are the ones taking the risk to going into the sharks territory. Sharks were here long before humans. People need to stop being so ignorant about sharks. They are misunderstood creatures just trying to survive.

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