Baby Humpack killed in New South Wales' waters after becoming entangled in shark nets. Enough is enough, it's time to end, once and for all, the indiscriminate slaughter of marine life in shark nets and baited drum lines.
The Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland operate the Shark Meshing Program (SMP) and Shark Control Program (SCP), respectively.
The SMP, introduced in 1935 and the SCP, introduced in 1962 are outdated programs which do not achieve their identified goals of protecting bathers from sharks.
According to Taronga Zoo's 'Shark Attack File' Queensland and New South Wales lead Australia in terms of the number of human/shark interactions, despite these murderous programs having been in their waters for decades.
The already miniscule risk of a bather losing their life to a shark (according to Taronga Zoo's 'Shark Attack File', one person has died on average in Australian waters over the last 50 years due to an unprovoked shark interaction) is no justification for governments to persist with these programs that do nothing but kill, injure, maim and stress marine life.
The Federal Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt can intervene pursuant to The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act) due to the impacts the SCP and SMP have on marine life listed under the Act.
It's time to speak, demand Greg Hunt address his portfolio obligations and end the SMP and SCP.