Australia: end 83 years of shark culling, remove nets and drumlines now
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As seen in the documentary, Envoy, the Queensland (QLD) and New South Wales (NSW) Government are responsible for the longest-running marine cull in history.
Together with nets and baited drumlines, over 100,000 sharks other marine animals have been killed. These tactics and methods are cruel, outdated, and have been proved time and again not to protect swimmers and surfers.
These archaic and ineffective methods pose a huge risk — not only to endangered shark populations — but also to whales, dolphins, turtles, dugongs, and many other wildlife species. Even the swimmers and surfers these programs are designed to protect are put at risk by them, by allowing these beachgoers a false sense of security.
We demand decision-makers at all levels stop killing sharks and other marine life, and to modernise shark bite mitigation in Australia. We specifically call for:
- The NSW and QLD Governments need to immediately remove shark nets and traditional drumlines from their waters, and move to deploy modern non-lethal technologies.
- The Australian Government needs to immediately close the 43B loophole in the EPBC Act that allows the culling of protected species at the hands of QLD and NSW Governments, without any formal approvals.
It is time that the Government stops lying to its people, and instead provides education on how to safely enjoy our oceans, without slaughtering the wildlife that calls it home.
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