Stop the WA government culling sharks
To: The Western Australian Government: The Hon Tony Burke MP, Hon. Colin Barnett, Hon. William (Bill) Richard Marmion
Dear Minister, Please don't approve of the culling of sharks near WA beaches. There are 9 critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable species of sharks inhabiting Australian waters and these "shark mitigation strategies" would not only drastically affect the threatened populations of shark species but also the surrounding marine ecosystems. We are putting ourselves into their habitat and it is not humane or morally right to be eradicating animals in their own habitat. When we use the ocean, we should be responsible for our own safety and awareness. Money being invested into this culling scheme would be put to better use in public awareness and education, safety initiatives, scientific research into shark behaviour and other ethical strategies. After all, we have a choice, the sharks do not. Sincerely, ----
Why is this important?
The WA government has invested in $6.85 million in creating a plan to cull sharks near WA beaches that could pose as a risk to humans. At the same time, there are 9 critically endandered, endangered or vulnerable shark species inhabiting Australian waters. The Great White is one of these species and in 2002, the government came up with a recovery plan in promoting the conservation of this species. So why is the WA government now contradicting this recovery plan among other conservation objectives stated by the Australian government not too long ago? We have the choice in saving these threatened shark species and in doing so protecting the marine environments. So please sign the petition and show the WA government that we, Australians, do care.