Stop Plan to Kill Australian Sharks
By BornFreeMovies on YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/bornfreemovies)
Water World video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmZ9D_1NHEk
A Western Australia plan to kill Great White Sharks on sight is sparking major opposition worldwide. In the wake of a record number of attacks this year, and reversing a previous position, the leader of a state on Australia's west coast announced plans to kill any great white sharks seen near beachgoers to allegedly prevent attacks on humans.
Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett used this rationale to support this shark-killing plan. Previously, sharks could only be hunted if there had already been an attack on a swimmer recognizing the ocean as the sharks' domain. But with five deaths this year, he reversed his position with this shark killing plan.
The new strategy, which includes more watercraft and helicopter patrols, has sparked opposition, including The Conservation Council of Western Australia, which called it a "guilty until proven innocent" approach.
In addiition, University of Florida's International Shark Attack File officials called Australia's shark killing plan a most reactionary and archaic response. Such methods are contrary to modern scientific thinking and there is no evidence that sharks have become more aggressive toward humans. Scientists know general shark migratory patterns which can be used to better warn beachgoers and close beaches if needed. Great white sharks have been a protected species in Australian waters for more than a decade and this shark-killing plan may threaten them now.
Please Sign this Petition and Ask Australia Premier Colin Barnett to coexist peacefully with these sharks and respect their rights to live in their ocean home.
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