Australians protest against governmental shark killing


This video from Australia says about itself:

Thousands protest Western Australia catch-and-kill shark cull plan

4 Jan 2014

Thousands of people held protests in Melbourne and Perth on Saturday.

From the BBC:

4 January 2014 Last updated at 13:15 GMT

Australians protest at plans to kill sharks in Perth

Thousands of people have been taking part in protests in Australia over a plan to kill large sharks.

The Western Australia government is set to install baited hooks off Perth’s popular beaches in response to seven fatal shark attacks in three years.

But protesters say a cull is not the answer, and will only damage the sea’s delicate ecosystem.

More than 4,000 people gathered for a demonstration at Perth’s Cottesloe beach alone.

“Without the sharks there will be no future for humanity because they balance out the ecosystem and every living creature in the sea is really important,” one protester said.

At a demonstration in Melbourne, one protester said: “We’re better than killing wildlife in vengeance. We need to use the science that’s there, to work with the science that’s there, to learn to live with these creatures instead of culling them.”
Sabotage fears

The WA government is planning to install some 72 baited hooks on drum lines one kilometre (mile) off the beaches by 10 January.

A contract to maintain and patrol the lines will be awarded to commercial fishermen in the coming days.

Any shark more than three metres long – which could include Great White, Tiger and Bull sharks – will be shot and disposed of.

But the protesters have vowed not to let up in their opposition to the plans. Further demonstrations are planned, and the Green Party says it is consulting its lawyers over the legality of the move.

Dutch news agency ANP reports (translated):

The protesters are afraid that sharks less than 3 meters long and other sea creatures will also be caught in the lines with bait which the authorities want to install.

January 2014: Despite experiencing just 20 fatal shark attacks in their area in the past 100 years, the government of Western Australian has decided on a controversial policy of catching, destroying and dumping sharks of more than 3m to come near its popular beaches: here.

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