HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES LEGAL ACTION AGAINST SHARK CULLING PROGRAM IN GREAT BARRIER REEF
4 August 2017
Humane Society International, represented by EDO NSW, has initiated legal action against a 10 year approval for 173 lethal drum lines within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Humane Society International has applied to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal seeking review of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s decision to approve the permit.
The 10-year, lethal control program, targets 26 shark species in the World Heritage Area Marine Park, including threatened and protected species that call the Great Barrier Reef home.
Humane Society International believes the decision is in conflict with the Authority’s responsibility to protect the Reef as the lethal drum lines will impact and kill sharks, dolphins, turtles and rays.
Humane Society International does not support the deliberate and unnecessary killing of marine life anywhere, but for it to happen in the Great Barrier Reef is even more objectionable.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most complex natural ecosystems on earth, and one of the most significant for biodiversity conservation. Australia has a legal responsibility to ensure its protection. As apex predators, sharks play a vital role in maintaining the health of the Great Barrier Reef.
Science shows that lethal shark control does not make our beaches safer, and only imperils marine life that is supposed to be protected.
Humane Society International is calling for non-lethal alternatives for bather protection.