WA revives attempts to kill sharks this Christmas
Humane Society International (HSI) has condemned the actions of the West Australian Government from this weekend, after baited drumlines were put back in the water in Warnbro Sound, south of Perth, in an attempt to catch and kill a great white shark that is feeding on spawning snapper in the region.
This shark has been tagged as part of important scientific efforts to provide further data on the white shark population in the area.
“This tagged white shark has been detected in the Warnbro Sound area for a number of days and it is clear that the presence of this shark is due to spawning snapper in the area, which they are feeding on,” said HSI’s Alexia Wellbelove. “The use of this important science tagging program to detect and kill white sharks simply because they are near beaches in the lead up to Christmas and the school holidays, is a sad indictment on the WA Government’s science policy.”
“It is clear that the WA Government is seeking to end the year the same way in which they started, returning to cruel and outdated practices. We urge the WA Government to stop the perversion of this scientific program and instead ensure that the data collected is used for increasing understanding of sharks, not as a fast track method of identifying their location in order to kill them,” concluded Ms Wellbelove.
On Friday afternoon the WA Government issued the catch and kill order under their Imminent Threat Policy as they assessed that the shark posed a serious threat to public safety after being detected as being within one kilometre of the shore over consecutive days. Drumlines were again deployed on Saturday and Sunday and it is expected if the shark continues to be detected in the area that drumlines will again be deployed today. To date the white shark has not been caught and killed, however a tiger shark and large ray have been caught and released on the drumlines. HSI is urging the Federal Environment Minister to undertake a full assessment of WA’s Imminent Threat Policy.