Australian Shark Culling

As a surfer and a person who has lost friends to the ocean in one way or another (one from a shark attack) …. My wife, children and I have actively protested drum lines… We were there at the rally yesterday in Cottesloe in the water with our three sons giving a voice to those who dwell below who have no choice but to accept that which can’t be changed…

 

A DEATH SENTENCE- handed down by misinformed money snatchers…. Our oceans are there to be appreciated, protected, admired and respected… Each individual needs to learn that it is not your right as a human to rule and rein something we are not even designed to live it….

 

It is a privilege to be on the ocean, and below it…. This is not our territory and never will be…. I don’t see rapists, child molesterers, murderers, child abusers, drunk and drug filled drivers etc; who daily, take the lives of our families, friends, children neighbours etc in one way or another suffering the same fate as the great grand fathers of the ocean…..

 

8 people have died at the hands of two legged killers in perth alone in the past three weeks…. EIGHT PEOPLE! Since 1791, 20 people in WA have taken the risk entering the water an have had their lives taken by sharks…. 291 people died from drowning in Australia in 2013 from lack of education surrounding water safety (40% of these were in backyard or recreational swimming pools) Drum lines are not the answer, this does not target “great whites” specifically…

According to the Huffington Post, culling doesn’t seem to work very well, at all:

Between 1959 and 1976, Hawaii culled over 4,500 sharks around the islands. According to the Hawaii Institute for Marine Biology, however, the program made no difference in the number of shark attacks that occurred.

Now that Maui has suffered an unprecedented eight attacks this year alone (thirteen total in Hawaii), the state is reconsidering the culling option. But killing sharks is an especially complicated prospect in Hawaii, where Native Hawaiian culture traditionally revered sharks as aumakua, or personal/family gods.

Sadly the Australian government don’t seem to be able to look at nature like most of us do, instead, they just see a shark as ‘just a fish’:

A more prominent politician, Australian Premier Colin Barnett, has been quite vocal about his openness to culling.

In Sept. 2012, Barnett told reporters,

We will always put the lives and safety of beachgoers ahead of the shark. This is, after all, a fish – let’s keep it in perspective.”

No marine animal is going to stop and look at these bait hooks and think “shoot! Can’t eat that, Colin’s got that out for Great Whites only dammit”…. Drum lines will and have been proven to not only kill its specific target but other marine life such as manta rays, sea turtles (endangered and not endangered), dolphins etc some of which are on the brink of extinction…. Not to mention sharks falling outside the “targeted range” these include but are not limited to Grey Nurse Sharks (critically endangered)

 

When a select few are scared of something they clearly know nothing about, the attitude is “Kill them” this has been proven through history in Australia…. Look at our Indigenous brothers and sisters who suffered at the hands of our government not that long ago… Again the attitude there was “I don’t understand these people, I want their land (as an intruder) so erm kill em” I for one want my children to grow up with the same privilege I have…. Having these beautiful creatures share my world with me! And no government will change my opinion! I will actively use whatever is in my power to stop this heinous crime against an internationally protected specie and be the voice for those marine creatures also threatened by drum lines….

 

MY POST HAS BEEN EDITED, removal or editing of some statistics were necessary as the validity of such records have been questioned…. Numbers and Percentages do not detract from the senseless kill

The author of the Huffington Post article mentioned above, puts it into perspective very well:

 

What seems to be little discussed in the public debate is what collateral damage occurs from culling programs. Meyer says that culling “runs the risk of ecosystem-level cascade effects where a general lack of sharks results in boom or bust in populations of species further down the food chain.”

This is perhaps the most pressing issue. After all, if we mess with sharks’ food, it seems, sharks mess with us. 

 

by a concerned Aussie Citizen