The Western Australian Government: Call off plan to cull sharks near WA beaches
  • Petitioned Collin Barnett

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Collin Barnett
Department Of Fisheries
Department Of Fisheries

The Western Australian Government: Call off plan to cull sharks near WA beaches

    1. Katt Nelson
    2. Petition by

      Katt Nelson

      Perth, Australia

The Western Australian Government has announced a $6.85 million package of what it refers to as "shark mitigation strategies". $2 million will be allocated for the Department of Fisheries to track and destroy the sharks, while another $2 million will be spent specifically tracking great whites and setting drum lines to kill them if they come too close to shore.

The great white is a well known threatened species and this plan completely goes against the federal government's White Shark Recovery Plan, which recognizes that the great white shark is fully protected in both Commonwealth and WA waters. Needlessly removing sharks from our oceans would affect the delicate balance of the marine ecosystem, which could be ecologically and economically devastating. The ocean is the shark's natural habitat and humans are not naturally aquatic mammals. This scheme would not create a long term solution to shark fatalities and tax payer's money would be better put towards increased helicopter patrols, more research and better public education about avoiding shark hazards.

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    • It's time for change TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA
      • 5 months ago

      Vending machines kill more people per year than sharks, why not destroy all the vending machines JUST IN CASE?

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    • Marie Job AUSTRALIA
      • 5 months ago

      I think, it is an unfeeling, unthoughtful action the government is taking. Please Mr. Barnett, tell me how my tax dollars are going to improve the safety of the oceans, To my knowledge, no shark has ever invaded our territory. Surfer's in other States, were taken by sharks but I don't hear their governments calling for blood.

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    • Justine Carder LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 months ago

      Important because the methods are indescriminate and go against all expert advice on how to deal with a very small problem. Because more people get killed by cars, trams and bee stings than get killed by sharks. Because sharks are an essential part of the ocean eco system and Australia is doing enough damage to its environment in Tasmania and Queensland without WA getting in on the planet destroying action.

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    • Lindsey Solomon KAILUA, HI
      • 5 months ago

      I am a biologist and animal activist. Education will solve the problem, not murder. Do not kill our apex predators, it will have an enormous and terrible effect on our oceans and all of our lives.

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    • Jose Mello PORTUGAL
      • 5 months ago

      because they have bilions years in evolution then us so they deserve our love and respect. that way we can improve much more our way of thinking and work each other the nature and the humanity.

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