Saturday, January 4, 2014
The plan is a knee-jerk response to a few high profile cases of people being attacked by sharks off the state’s coast in recent years and amounts to a policy of environmental vandalism by killing endangered species without any evidence that it will even save lives.
The rally, which was part of a national day of action, was held in the electorate of Premier Colin Barnett and was organised by scuba diving enthusiast Natalie Banks to call on the state government to abandon the proposed shark cull.
Managing director of Sea Sheppard Jeff Hansen called the great white shark the "doctor of the ocean" which maintains the life support of our eco-system. Noongar Elder Ben Taylor in his welcome to country speech said that Colin Barnett should hang his head in shame and that sharks where part of his culture and spirituality.
Sea Shepherd is encouraging people to write, ring or fax their local MPs to let them know of their opposition to this culling of sharks.
[This article by Alex Salmon was submitted to Green Left Weekly. Photos and video by Alex Bainbridge. See also the article by Sea Shepherd.]