Sharks are often identified as the "bad guys" of the ocean – but these misunderstood animals have much more to fear from humans than we do from them. Sharks play a vital role in maintaining the balance of a fragile ecosystem, and yet millions are killed at the hands of humans every year. Nearly a quarter of the world’s shark and ray species are now under threat of extinction.
Sharks in Western Australia are being 'culled', despite the fact that they are listed as threatened, or vulnerable to extinction.
Following a number of fatal shark attacks over the past three years, Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks and Great Whites are now in the sights of the WA Government — which has issued a kill order for these once-protected species.
As a result of these measures, sharks may thrash about for hours on hooks or in nets before they are found and killed by patrols. And yet there is no scientific evidence to suggest that this cruel and drastic action will make the waters any safer for beach-goers.
Heard enough? Take action to protect these important sea creatures!
If you live in WA, use the form below to send a message to your state MP to tell them that our marine life deserves protection and respect — and that non-lethal methods of control should replace this cruel and senseless 'cull'.
NOTE: If you live outside WA, please click here to take action.