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Stop the Western Australia Shark Cull

Please join the world’s shark conservation community in telling Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett that you don’t support his misguided shark mitigation policy.

Several fatal shark encounters in Western Australian waters in the last few years has prompted Premier Barnett to wrongly conclude that the only way to prevent fatal shark bites is to indiscriminately kill sharks. Drum lines have been set to catch and kill any shark over three meters. This includes the great white shark, which is currently a threatened species. More than 4,500 people protested against this cruel policy in just one day, but Barnett refuses to budge on his wrong-headed decision. One shark has already been killed and the drum lines are set to kill many more.

The letter below will be delivered to Premier Barnett to urge him to stop this inhumane and illogical shark mitigation policy. Please join us in our support of sharks

Message

Dear Premier,

We urge you to immediately end the “bait and kill” shark mitigation policy in Western Australia.

Any fatal shark bite is tragic, but indiscriminately killing sharks is not a viable solution. The state of Hawaii culled more than 4,500 sharks between 1959 and 1976 and saw no difference in the numbers of shark accidents after the cull. This indicates that simply reducing the total number of sharks near coastal areas does not ameliorate the issue.

Your flawed shark management policy does not affect only Western Australia. Sharks are globally migrating animals. The sharks that will be killed in Western Australia if this policy is enacted are not necessarily the same sharks that have killed or will kill humans in those waters. White sharks can travel upwards of 20,000 km in open ocean.

Not only are white sharks a vital component of the marine ecosystem, but they are also already a threatened species. Their status is”vulnerable” on the International Union of Conservation of Nature Red List.

We hope that you realize the shark bait and kill policy is neither in the best interest of your constituents nor in the best interest of science or shark conservation.  It's time to replace fear with facts. We urge the Australian Government to immediately reverse its shark bait and kill policy and set a positive example for other countries to follow.

Yours sincerely,