Good news – drum lines will not be deployed off Western Australia beaches this summer after the failed shark cull trial earlier in the year. During the trial 68 sharks were caught and shot, although none of them were great white sharks. Between 2006 and 2010 there were an average of 4.2 fatal shark attacks each year world-wide, whilst around 100 million sharks are slaughtered by humans every year.
What gives us the right to decide to cull, to interfere with other non-human animals? Who said we could own and fight over all the land on earth, divide up the oceans, eat all the animals and fish, capture them and keep them in cages and tanks for our entertainment and amusement, pollute the air, soil and the seas, causing fish, sea turtles, marine mammals and sea-birds to suffer from high levels of toxins in their bodies.
The badger cull is currently under-way in Somerset and Gloucester – even though it has been proven to be ineffective and inhumane and is purely to make the dairy farmers happy. Half of the wild boar face culling in the Forest of Dean – after being reintroduced there – because horses are being spooked and gardens damaged.
As a great man – Captain Paul Watson – once said:
We’re just a conceited naked ape, but in our minds we’re some divine legend and we see ourselves as some sort of god, seeing we can decide what will live and what will die, what will be saved and what will be destroyed, but honestly we’re just a bunch of primates out of control.