Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Shark Culling in WA












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Image credit: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/thousands-protest-at-manly-beach-over-wa-shark-cull-20140201-31tiy.html

A spate of shark attacks – seven in three years – prompted Western Australian premier Colin Barnett to do something stupid – he came up with a shark cull strategy. And he is spending A$20 million to track, trap and shoot sharks that venture close to WA beaches. Regrettably, Western Australia has received exemption from the federal government from environmental laws, a move which allowed the state to catch and shoot large sharks in baited drum lines placed one kilometer from the coast.
 
Barnett soon found out that a lot of people are up in arms against the cull and protesters have shown up with hand-painted posters, shark hats and other shark-related paraphernalia to show their opposition to the cull. Protests were held in at least ten locations across Australia, in addition to protests in New Zealand and South Africa that denounced WA's shark culling.
 
Pro-shark activists had more ammunition to protest WA's shark-killing policy, following news of small sharks being caught in baited drum lines around Perth beaches, rather than any of the 3m-plus great white, tiger and bull sharks deemed as dangerous to swimmers and surfers. So what was Barnett’s argument again?
 
I don’t think Barnett will give up on the cull; instead he is wishing the protestors will just go away after making the appropriate sounds of indignation and outrage.
 
I believe that this was an unnecessary overreaction. Since when are sharks ever interested in us as a food source? So if the answer is in the negative, why have this policy in the first place?
 
Yesterday, I attended the Bangsar Toastmasters meeting and Vice President Education Reuben quickly roped me in to be the General Evaluator and thereafter, Lucky handed me a second task – to be his Evaluator for an Advanced speech that he had intended to give. I graciously accepted the "invitations" and I must say that it was a good meeting. I would score it an 8 over 10 and my time was well-spent in Bangsar.






 

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