Australian government takes up Great White killing
AUSTRALIA TO KILL SHARKS IN BID TO PROTECT PEOPLE
BY KRISTEN GELINEAU
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australian officials, under pressure to protect beachgoers after a string of deadly shark attacks, have approved a plan to kill sharks that venture too close to people in the water.
The plan, which was announced by Western Australia state Premier Colin Barnett on Thursday, has infuriated conservationists and marks a sharp reversal of the current policy that permits the killing of sharks only after they have attacked.
The government is spending some $7 million on this program... why? There are plenty of sport fishers around the world who would pay thousands of dollars to fish and kill a Great White. Why not just sell tags to them turning a program that costs money into a moneymaker?
Although imo, worrying about the safety of swimmers is a stupid reason to harvest sharks. It should only be done as a means of population control, which from my understanding Great White populations are healthy enough around Australia to sustain limited harvesting. If you swim in waters with Great Whites you can't be particularly surprised when one decides to take a bite out of you.