Western Australian sharks saved from cull

It’s great to start the day with some good news and in the animal welfare game sadly it’s not all that common.

But today we are happy to send our congratulations to the WA Department of Fisheries for their announcement of sensible policies regarding shark attack mitigation in WA waters.  In a media release issued this morning WA Fisheries outlined proposed plans to help reduce the potential risk of shark attacks in light of recent tragic events, and thanks to a public outcry these plans do not include culling sharks or seals. The State Government has also ruled out shark nets, for the time being at least, instead undertaking an evaluation of the effectiveness of beach netting as used in Eastern States. IFAW would urge caution over any future use of nets as they have not been proven to be effective but at the same time have entangled other marine life such as whales, dolphins, turtles and dugongs.

WA’s multi-million dollar plan includes increased helicopter patrols, more research and better public education about avoiding shark hazards.  Fortunately sanity has prevailed and the WA Government has rejected calls for shark culls to reduce numbers.

Apart from this being excellent news for the sharks it also proves an important point – petitions work!

Right now we are asking people to sign their names on a submission asking the Australian Government to give greater protection for the whales and dolphins of Western Australia, if you haven’t already done so please sign on today and ask your friends and family to do the same.  With enough public support and the backing of good science, sensible policies can prevail, so please take action today.

 

MC

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