As some of you may know, the WA government has decided to go forth with their shark culling effort despite the efforts of the 4,000 people who showed up on the beach in Western Australia to protest it. If you are not familiar with what I am talking about, Western Australia’s government has decided to take very extreme measures to prevent shark attacks form happening on their beaches. Seven fatalities have been linked to shark attacks over the last three years, and while this is an increase from previous years, a shark cull will NOT solve the issue. In fact, the entire thing will only make matters worse.
Not only is this barbaric measure causing unnecessary animal cruelty on the animals who INHABIT THESE WATERS, but it is also going to continue to dwindle something that our oceans so desperately need. The bait hooks are aimed at sharks more than three meters (roughly 9 feet), but smaller sharks and dolphins, turtles and other wildlife will also fall victim to these heinous traps. And for what?! So people can swim? So they can surf without worry that the animals who were here long before them won’t be around? It is so infuriating. As someone on an ABC website comment board greatly put it “I want to take a walk through Africa. Will someone please kill all the lions and hippos so that I can be safe.” People need to understand that when we go into the ocean we re entering a realm that isn’t ours. We are not the boss in open water. Us swimming in the ocean is as awkward as seeing a shark walk (swim) into Starbucks and order a vanilla latte.
THIS IS JUST SO RIDICULOUS. And what angers me even more is that I feel like there is absolutely nothing I can do to help the cause. I live in Texas, nowhere near Australia, and it makes me sad that I can’t even be there standing on the sidelines with those brave enough to go out and take direct action. I don’t always support direct action, but why can’t their government take a second to rationally think about how idiotic this entire plan is?
We are rapidly eliminating our oceans sustainability by destroying the predator that keeps it healthy.
If any of you are from Australia or even attended the protest, I would LOVE to hear from you. Whether you agree with me or not.
Here are a few pictures of the protest and a few of what a shark cull entails. The images do not represent shark culling in WA. None of the images are mine, obviously.