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The WA Shark Cull Is Fucking Stupid

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If you haven’t heard already, the government in Western Australia has decided to start paying fishermen to hunt and kill any shark over three metres long. They’ve designated kill zones, which are deemed to be too close to the beaches, and set up bait lines ready to catch and kill anything that takes a bite—not just sharks. The government is spending $6.85 million on these “shark mitigation strategies.”

Why is this happening? Well it’s because last month the sixth fatal attack in two years occurred. That’s a surge, considering that the average is one fatal attack per year. Many people are outraged because it seems unethical and barbaric to be killing sharks in their natural habitat. But there’s more to it than, “Killing animals is mean.” 

It’s a well-documented fact that decreasing shark population fucks up the whole marine ecosystem. When there aren’t enough sharks to eat certain species of fish, and seals, all sorts of shit tends to happen. Killing a bunch of sharks pretty much throws a spanner in the works of the delicate and perfect clockwork that is nature, like a fat dude who climbs up and sits on half of the salad bar at Sizzler while everyone’s trying to grab some food. One study even found that tiger sharks are good for sea grass beds; because without sharks there’s nothing to stop turtles from eating the shit out of them. Without sea grass beds whole habitats disappear.

 Sharks are disappearing at an alarming rate of up to 273 million per year; this could be impossible to recover from and we don’t need to be adding to these numbers. Studies have shown that shark nets and similar anti-shark strategies in QLD and NSW cause damage to non-target species, including: Various species of turtles, humpback whales, and Australian fur-seals. Great whites are already a threatened species, yet someone has decided it’s a good idea if we go around the coast of WA, killing as many as possible.

It doesn’t take long to look at the facts and see that this whole shark cull thing doesn’t follow any form of logic. It makes about as much sense as dressing up as a ninja turtle and throwing pizzas at cars to stop road rage. It’s just a disproportionate, sentimental attempt at a solution. You’re more likely to die from a cow rolling onto you than being eaten by a shark. There’s an endless list of things more deadly to humans than sharks, and I shouldn’t have to list them.

If you want to help put an end to this BS, sign this online petition.

Written by Luke Morrow

Categories: Short & Sharp
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