The shark cull going on in Western Australia this week is enough to make you weep. It’s reminiscent of the badger cull we are having here at the moment – an astonishingly incompetent and pointless exercise which serves only to be seen to be trying to solve a problem which is man made in the first place and won’t make a damned bit of difference anyhow. The total disregard for the badgers and sharks is arrogant in the extreme and makes my blood boil! What is wrong with people???
Just read this article and you’ll se what a staggeringly inhumane and pointless waste of life this is…
More than 170 sharks have been caught on lines under a controversial cull policy in Western Australia.
Drum lines were set up along seven Western Australian beaches as part of a trial between January and April. Fifty of the biggest sharks were destroyed.
Authorities said the cull was necessary after six people were killed in shark attacks.
No great white sharks, to whom most of the attacks were attributed, were caught.
Australia’s state government said the cull was successfully restoring confidence among beachgoers.
It is seeking to continue the programme for three more years.
“I think the strategy’s gone very well, bearing in mind that it’s a very broad strategy, and that’s basically to protect those people that swim in those popular areas,” Western Australia Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said.
“While of course we will never know if any of the sharks caught would have harmed a person, this government will always place greatest value on human life.”
Protesters argue that a shark cull is not the answer and would only damage the sea’s delicate ecosystem.
“The policy is very unpopular, it has hardly caught any of the sharks it was destined to catch,” said Labor fisheries spokesman Dave Kelly.
“What people want is scientific research to show why the government thinks this policy makes our beaches safer.”