There are more than 465 known species of sharks living in our oceans today. They are an apex predator near the top of the marine food chain, and they regulate the populations of species below them.
Research has shown that massive depletion of sharks has a cascading effect throughout the ocean’s ecosystem.
The fact that shark species are so diverse and inhabit every ocean on the planet makes them key players essential to the ocean environment. Yes they are a dangerous animal – but we need to remember that we are swimming in THEIR homes. We are in THEIR territory.
Sharks kill 10 humans a year, which although this is devastating, research has shown that these deaths are simply a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It has been proven that the majority of sharks will mistake a human for food, take one taste and realise their error – swimming away without even a second thought. On the other hand, humans kill 100 million sharks a year, purely out of fear. We are not the enemy! And as a matter of fact, the chance of being killed by a shark is one in nearly 300 million. According to statistics, you have more chance of being killed by a pig!
The bottom line is, the effects of removing sharks from ocean ecosystems, especially in such large numbers, although complex and rather unpredictable, are very likely to be ecologically and economically damaging.
Save our Sharks! Stop the Cull!
I, the undersigned, call on the Western Australian Government to eliminate the Shark Cull Policy, also known as the 'shark mitigation strategy'.
This is an inhumane practice and will only destroy our ecosystems future, as well as the future of a 400 million year old species.
The Save the Sharks! Stop the Cull! petition to The Western Australian Government was written by Kairee Blackwood and is in the category Animal Rights at GoPetition.