The Australian Greens today presented a petition to the Senate of more than 16,000 people opposing a cull of Great White Sharks and backing calls for increased investment in research and non-lethal protections for beach-goers.
"I presented this petition to the Senate today to demonstrate to the Federal and WA Governments that there is strong community opposition to plans to kill threatened Great Whites," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.
"16,393 people, including 11,439 Australians, have signed this petition. People don't want to see culling of Great Whites and understand that strengthened investment in research, radio tagging, patrols and other non-lethal strategies are far more responsible options for protecting beach-goers and ocean users.
"Research is vital to understanding any changes that are occurring to the numbers or behaviours of sharks in our oceans. Issues like ocean warming need to be carefully examined in this context, given we know this is changing our marine environment and the distribution of marine life.
"This petition shows that people internationally are concerned about Australia's treatment of sharks and want us to take responsible action on this migratory species.
"This petition builds on the Senate's decision yesterday to support my motion calling for increased maintain protections for Great Whites in the face of the WA Government's plans.
"I encourage the Federal and State Governments to listen to the message coming from the Senate and the community alike," Senator Siewert concluded.