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PETITION - SAVE OUR SHARKS - Greenpeace Australia

Animals  (tags: Western Australia, Sharks, Cruelty, Death, Crime, Government, ETHICS? )

- 1597 days ago -
A brutal and misguided mass-cull of sharks will soon begin in Western Australia. --- We have just days to get it stopped. --- Let's pile the pressure on WA Premier Colin Barnett to halt the senseless shark attack before it starts!

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David B (38)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 7:50 pm

Dear Premier,

I am writing to you to express my opposition to your government's 'bait and kill' policy for sharks in Western Australia.

My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims of shark attacks, but I believe that scientific evidence does not support the introduction of a 'bait and kill' policy for sharks as a response.

As more than 100 scientists said in a recent open letter to you: “Culling sharks is merely a cosmetic solution to the problem of shark attacks. Public education and shark avoidance are measures with long-lasting effects that will ensure the friendly co-existence of sharks and humans. Non-invasive methods such as aerial patrols have been proven to work in minimising, even further, the small chance of a shark attack.”

In this vein, I applaud your government's funding of major shark research projects through the Department of Fisheries, particularly regarding tagging activities along the Western Australian coast.

However, I believe 'bait and kill' could have a severe impact on species already threatened or in decline, yet produce no benefit for ocean-lovers. Please heed the advice of scientists and repeal this policy immediately.

Yours sincerely,

[your name here]

Animae C (513)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 7:53 pm

fly bird (26)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 8:01 pm
signed ty

David B (38)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 8:15 pm

This Friday, a new ‘catch and kill’ policy will come into force that could see hundreds of sharks hunted down and slaughtered at sea off the coast of Western Australia.

It’s aimed at preventing tragic human injuries and deaths caused by shark attacks. But experts have already branded it a “cosmetic solution” based on fear, not facts [1]. Since then, over 100 leading scientists have come together in a joint letter to the WA Government opposing this expensive and unproductive ‘solution’.

The ‘shark cull’ will begin in less than 48 hours -- unless we act now to get it stopped. Click here to demand WA Premier Colin Barnett immediately halt this terrible plan and fund humane and effective programs to reduce shark attacks.


Community groups across the country have been opposing this for months, and thousands of protesters came out last weekend across the country. So now this issue is firmly on the political agenda and in the national media spotlight, it’s time for us, the global Greenpeace community, to step up and prevent this bloodbath before it’s too late.

There’s no easy fix to these attacks, but humane solutions like high-tech tracking devices, beach-based sonar beacons, and increased helicopter patrols have already been shown to reduce deaths. The shark massacre would just waste millions of dollars that could be better spent on more practical solutions and scientific research.

Let’s use these crucial coming days to show the WA Government that Australians won’t stand for policies like these wreaking havoc on our oceans -- click here to join the outcry today!

Our movement is made for urgent moments like this. Together we’ve responded to some massive threats to our oceans’ health, from stopping monster super trawlers like the Margiris, to pushing governments globally to end shark finning at sea. Now we have another opportunity to protect our delicate ecosystems. If we act together we can win again.

Our oceans deserve better than this, and Australians affected by shark attacks deserve a policy that properly addresses the problem.

Thanks for stepping up.

The Greenpeace Australia Pacific team.

PS. Let’s be clear: trying to reduce shark bites by killing sharks represents a policy based on fear, not facts. You wouldn’t kill every spider in case you get bitten, or every bee in case you get stung. Join in today and let’s stop this backwards logic threatening our oceans and sharks.

[1] Western Australia’s shark culls lack bite (and science), The Conversation, 12 December 2013.

Sheila D (194)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 9:49 pm
Gladly signed. Thanks.

Naoko i (264)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 3:27 am
Signed and shared on FB. Thanks David.

Ben O (171)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 6:07 am

Solitary Eagle (324)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 6:08 am
Signed and shared. Thanks, David

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 6:33 am
You know I signed....isn't too bad they don't cull stupid politicians?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 7:16 am
S+S-thx David

Terrie Williams (798)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 8:25 am
Signed, shared and noted.

Frances Darcy (133)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 9:32 am

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 12:03 pm
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. (1)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 3:19 pm
Signed...I'll keep my arms thanks David!

David B (38)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 3:47 pm
Thanks Lindi... The sharks and I are backing off.

David B (38)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 4:48 pm
Thanks to all who have or will sign the petition... And now for the good news...

ABC News: Posted Wed 8 Jan 2014, 6:48pm AEDT

"Tender for state governments shark policy delayed until next week"

The State Government has delayed awarding the tender to implement its shark kill policy until next week.

Tenders closed last Friday for professional fisherman to apply to catch and kill white, tiger or bull sharks using hooks on baited drum lines.

The tender document states the drum lines are due to be deployed this Friday.

But the acting Premier Kim Hames says the tenders are still being considered.

"Well the suggestion was that it's going to be ready by Friday and that was the aim but the process isn't complete," he said.

"There's still work to be done.

"We'll announce as soon as we're ready that the program will start.

"I shouldn't think it will be put off for very long at all."

The Opposition's fisheries spokesman Dave Kelly says it is a sign the Government has rushed the policy.

"The Government has completely botched this policy process and it's a policy process gone wrong yet again."

David B (38)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 4:49 pm
A Spaniard in the works?

Lady Suki (446)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 9:52 pm
Signed. Damn it seems like there are hundreds of petitions for endangered animals. We have really screwed up.

Mike H (252)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 2:51 pm
Signed thank you

Athena F (131)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 3:53 pm

Andrew C (6)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 4:00 pm
N&S, thanks

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 4:20 pm

Antonella C (83)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 4:22 pm
I signed and tweeted, then my mother and my sister signed too

Angeles M (298)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 4:29 pm

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 6:21 pm
I'm afraid this won't help, they will kill what they want, but signed and noted.

Laurie S (73)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 8:01 pm

Shana M (56)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 10:44 pm
Signed and noted.

Rachael Moore (55)
Friday January 10, 2014, 7:37 am
Noted & Signed. Thank you very much David.

Judith C (159)
Friday January 31, 2014, 9:52 pm
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