PUBLISHED ON: 13 June 2014
Glinting metres below the water's surface, at the end of a metal chain dropping from buoys floating above, a sharp hook the size of a baseball mitt violently pierces the mouth and head of a young female tiger shark. Her injuries leave a dark cloud over her chances of survival — even though she is officially released because she is too small to meet the killing program's 'target length'.
Between January and April this year, 164 sharks faced similar cruelty as a result of the WA government's trial 'drum line' shark cull, introduced as a 'public safety' measure. Almost all of the animals caught were tiger sharks — 61 of them died 'on the line' or were killed — even though no human fatalities implicating a tiger shark have been reported in the region for more than 80 years.
Thousands of Australians from all walks of life turned out in force to protest the killings but now the WA government has announced its intention to use drum lines to catch and potentially kill 1,000 more sharks over the next three years.
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is consulting the public about the government's plan and you have until Monday, 7 July 2014 to make your voice heard.
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