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Australia Has Shark Troubles

thYou probably heard about this over the weekend. There are apparently an increased number of shark attacks and the Australian  government is implementing measures to cull the various shark populations.

Of course this has bred a social media storm.

News.com.au:

OPPONENTS to the West Australian government’s shark killing program have responded angrily to the first slaughter in the state’s waters.

A fisherman contracted by the WA government to set and monitor baited drum lines one kilometre off beaches in the South West region was reportedly seen off Meelup beach, near Dunsborough on Sunday morning shooting a large shark.

The shark had been caught in the drum lines, which were set up on Saturday afternoon, and was then towed further out to sea. “So sad”, “disgrace” and “shame”, many wrote on social media. Others commented that it was awful news on Australia Day, while WA Premier Colin Barnett was heckled at a citizenship ceremony in Wanneroo.

“While we drink beer the shark cull has started in WA. #dobetteraustralia,” one tweet read.

Oh my.

And so on and so on and so on…

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Sea Shepherd’s Jeff Hansen said the shark was “believed to be a beautiful tiger shark” more than 3m long.

The controversial program went ahead after federal environment minister Greg Hunt granted WA an exemption under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, allowing the protected great white shark to be killed.

In a notice to mariners warning of navigational hazards, the WA government said drum lines would soon be deployed in metropolitan waters, extending from Quinns Rock Beach to Warnbro beach.

It has been forced to rope in its own Department of Fisheries officers to do the work after commercial operators pulled out following threats from activists.

The lines, which are attached to floating boys, bear the warning: “No vessel is to approach, moor to or interfere with the above equipment at any time – modified penalties will apply.” Activists have pledged to interfere with the program.

A rally against the cull is scheduled for Cottesloe beach – the electorate and home suburb of Mr Barnett – on Saturday.

Thousands attended the previous protest. [read it all here]

I don’t know, it seems to me everyone wants the same thing here.

On the one hand, Australia needs those tourists dollars coming in to keep the proverbial shrimp on the barbie. On the other hand, Australian animal rights activists need tourists coming in to keep their sharks fed.

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14 comments on “Australia Has Shark Troubles

  1. Richard M Nixon (Deceased)
    January 27, 2014
    • Regular Right Guy
      January 27, 2014

      Thanks my brother!

      • Richard M Nixon (Deceased)
        January 27, 2014

        Thank you for the linkery!

  2. thatmrgguy
    January 27, 2014

    Fishing just outside San Diego Bay when I was a kid, I’ve latched onto Hammerhead’s, Sea Lions and the occasional seagull. Best thing to do is cut your line before they strip your reel. ( Seagulls won’t strip your reel, but you’d get beat to death by their wings trying to unhook ’em.

  3. TeachX3
    January 28, 2014

    ” “So sad”, “disgrace” and “shame” (regarding killing sharks), many wrote ” … but in the next breath would have no problem with saying “I can kill my fetus (BABY), it’s MY body!”

    • Tallgrass Palms
      January 28, 2014

      Interesting perspective and I believe you are right…..it’s the same ignorant people.

      • Regular Right Guy
        January 28, 2014

        There is actually animal rights literature out there that suggests the culling of humans. These people are just nuts.

  4. edge of the sandbox
    January 28, 2014

    Australia has the weirdest animal rights activists.

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  6. The MAD Jewess
    January 28, 2014

    Interesting, RRG

  7. Gingi Edmonds Freeman
    January 28, 2014

    I have mixed feelings on this (as you all know I am a hopeless animal lover).. but if the shark population is in no danger of being extinct, then controlled culling for public safety is, um, common sense? So whats the bigs?

    • Regular Right Guy
      January 28, 2014

      I certainly believe in responsible wildlife conservation but the preservation of human kind is a little higher on my priority list. Hi to baby and the big guy!

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