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Victory! Australian Sharks Safe From Cull

Victory! Australian Sharks Safe From Cull

Sharks have been active in the clear, jewel-like waters of Western Australia (WA) in recent years. In fact, there have been four shark attack fatalities in the past fourteen months. This highly unusual number spawned a recent review of the region’s shark mitigation strategies by regional officials. In the midst of the heated debate, some local politicians and residents started making suggestions for a shark cull.

Hearing this, Australian activist Ryan Kempster leapt into action. He launched a campaign to protect WA’s shark population and encourage the adoption of non-lethal control measures. Thanks to nearly 19,000 signatures on Ryan’s Care2 petition, the WA’s government took a stand against retaliatory fear this past week, investing $13.65 million into a shark response unit, further research, and swimmer education instead of destroying thousands of sharks.

“This is a fantastic outcome for public safety and shark conservation in WA,” exclaims Ryan. “The shark mitigation measures outlined by WA Fisheries Minister Moore set a benchmark for other Australian states and will place WA as a national leader in beach protection and shark conservation.”

Instead of a shark cull, the WA government will now employ such public safety measures such as increasing helicopter surveillance patrols, using shark repellant, extending blood and offal disposal bans near swimming beaches, and tagging sharks frequently sighted near popular swimming areas. There will also be additional research into shark behavior, and the Fisheries department will review local fisheries management strategies.

“On behalf of the 19,000 who signed the petition,” says Ryan, “I would like to extend our sincere thanks to Norman Moore and members of the WA cabinet for reaching such a landmark decision. This is a great day for WA sharks and shark conservation worldwide.”

Thank you, Care2 members, for taking a stand on behalf of shark conservation!

 

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10:43AM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

Thanks! God bless you all involved in this.

5:08PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Great news thanks for letting us know.

10:24AM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Thanks.

7:53AM PST on Dec 11, 2011

Ce n est que justice pour ces magnifiques animaux tellement mal aimes qui a le pire des predateur ceux qui le chasse . Esperont que d autres animaux auront la vie sauve grace a des decisions intelegentes et humanistes .

3:12PM PST on Dec 5, 2011

Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3:12PM PST on Dec 5, 2011

Yea!!!! It is so wonderful, superb, great to realize that such a positive outcome came about!

12:57PM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Congrats to Ryan and the 19,000 people who helped him. There are other ways to deal with sharks instead of killing them. Plus, we are vistors in 'their' ocean and 'their' home swimmers, divers, and eveyone else needs to understand this. We don't own the oceans.

10:05AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Oh yessssss :)

9:34AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Wise decision! Sharks are sharks - a beautifully evolved animal. When we enter the sea, we enter their territory. We know the risks but we choose to enter it. We should find out the reason behind the attacks. Sharks are not mindless killers! Culling is NOT an option and solution. Only idiots will come up with that stupid idea! Anyway, think of all the millions of poor sharks that are senselessly and cruelly killed for their fins every year. We must put a stop to that!

8:25AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Great news!

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