Tuesday, February 4, 2014

One of the beautiful parts about having a blog is I get to write when an idea or a nerve is struck.  As we know from my previous blog, I have an opinion or two about how we treat the creatures on our planet.  That being said, this reached me today via COARE, the Center for Oceanic Awareness Research and Education.

In response to a number of local shark-related accidents, the government of
Western Australia approved on 09 January 2014 an Act to catch and kill sharks to
reduce their populations (cull).  Baited hooks are being set 1 km from eight
popular beaches to attract and catch sharks.  Tiger sharks, white sharks, and
bull sharks 3m or larger will be shot.

COARE is vehemently opposed to this action as it is vindictive and does little
to achieve the desired effects of making public beaches safer.  In fact,
research to this effect was published nearly twenty years ago.  If you live in
Western Australia please be sure to let your Ministers and Members of Parliament
(MPs) know you condemn this action.

This makes as much sense as killing all the dogs in a neighborhood in response to a dog biting someone.  Why don't send these chaps an email...I did.

The Western Australian Government Ministry
Hon Premier Colin Barnett MLA

Poster [ PDF, 500 kb ]

Honourable Colin J Barnett MEc MLA

Premier; Minister for State Development; Science
1 Parliament Place

Telephone: +61 8 6552-5000   /   Fax: (08) 6552-5001
e-Mail: wa-government@dpc.wa.gov.au
Internet: www.premier.wa.gov.au/Ministers/Colin-Barnett
Honourable Ken Baston MLC

Honourable Ken C. Baston MLC

Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries
4th Floor, London House
216 St George's Terrace, PERTH WA 6000

Telephone: +61 8 6552-5400   /   Fax: (08) 6552-5401
e-Mail: Minister.Baston@dpc.wa.gov.au
Internet: www.premier.wa.gov.au/Ministers/Ken-Baston

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