Tell Australia Stop Shark Culling that is Endangering the Great White Shark Existence!

  • By: SUE LEE
  • Target: Australian Government, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Environment Minister Greg Hunt

Please sign and share this petition worldwide in an effort to get Australia to stop the shark culling that is putting the breeding stock of the great white shark in jeopardy. Most of us would not favor coming face-to-face with a great white or any type of shark but they are a necessary component for the environment and our beautiful oceans. We must encourage Australia to call off the shark cull that would make this species extinct.

Conservationists and environmentalists, not to mention former shark victims are in high opposition of this shark culling. Additionally, Australians are appalled at high the wildlife within its country is being treated, especially with the recent shark kill policy. It has been noted that the goal of the cull is to seek out all potential killer sharks of more than three metres and most likely "man-eaters" within Western Australian coastal waters. The WA government rejected the use of drum lines as an effective option to reduce shark bite risk, so the deployment of these lines now seems to be a huge step backwards in shark conservation. However, in New South Wales, a 40-year old man was charged for killing a juvenile great white shark and fined heavily.

In recent years, shark attacks by the great white shark have plummeted from earlier years. Very little is known about population numbers of great whites globally. However, the key issue here that does not appear to be addressed is the long timeframe for great whites to reach sexual maturity. Killing sharks of more than three metres takes out the potential breeding stock and as numbers are still unknown this is a major cause for concern. Some have suggested the use of shark shields along the beaches of WA calling these a more effective solution than drum lines. Although these methods of 'shark protection' are not 100% effective, surfers and bathers along the coast of WA need to realize that this is the domain of the shark and therefore they are taking the risk. Shark culling in Australia is not the answer and puts the species in danger of extinction.

Surely the people responsible for the planning and implementation of a shark culling program should listen to the scientific community of the world, consider the impact that the culling of these species will have on the wider ecosystem. Please sign and share this petition worldwide in an effort to get Australia to sop the shark culling that is putting the breeding stock of the great white shark in jeopardy. Most of us would not favor coming face-to-face with a great white or any type of shark but they are a necessary component for the environment and our beautiful oceans. We must encourage Australia to call off the shark cull that would make this species extinct.

 

Australian Government, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Environment Minister Greg Hunt – Carrying on with the shark cull in Australian waters is putting many of the sharks, especially the Great White Shark in danger of extinction. There needs to be other methods you can implement to protect the coasts along Western Australian that can protect the public without endangering those that have a right to live within the oceans. Stop the Australian shark cull that is putting the breeding stock of the great white shark in jeopardy! Protect all Australian wildlife!

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