The Western Australian Government has decided to institute a shark cull. “Any shark more than three metres long – which could include Great White, Tiger and Bull sharks – will be shot and disposed of” after be ensnared by the baited hooks which line the beach 1 km off shore.
More than 4,000 people gathered for a demonstration at Perth’s Cottesloe beach alone.
Although sharks have a bad reputation thanks to Hollywood movies, in reality they are responsible for very few deaths – 2 per year in Australia and 5 around the world. Conversely, Hippos kill almost 3,000 people annually in Africa. Deer kill over 130 and yet we limit the hunting of them.